Walk the Arizona Women’s History Trail


Celebrate Women’s History (“Herstory”) Month of March by walking the Women’s History Tour in Tucson, and viewing the current exhibit at the YWCA.

Just found out about the Women’s Heritage Trail project in Arizona, www.womensheritagetrail.org, featuring 18 posters of multi-cultural pioneer women on display at the YWCA – Tucson on 525 N. Bonita Avenue. Drop by that “How Splendid Our Past” exhibit M to F, 8 to 5 p.m. to read about the brave and strong women who built this SW desert area, the Trust Territory and State of Arizona.

This travelling exhibit is there indefinitely in the YWCA’s Frances McClelland Leadership Center room. One of the posters in this exhibit features Isabella Greenway, Arizona’s first Congresswoman.



More info about this exhibit at the YWCA (click here).

Also, just for fun, go to their link about the self-guided AWHT walking tour of women’s history in downtown Tucson starting at the Sosa-Carrillo House (151 S. Granada), proceeding to the interesting and infamous El Tiradito wishing shrine (420 S. Main St.), then to 10 other notable places in Tucson, including the former “Four Corner” Chinese markets (corner of Simpson x Convent Streets), and the Stork’s Nest maternity home (221 N. Court).  Tour link: http://womensheritagetrail.org/tours/brochure.pdf

Important sites in Tucson women’s history are researched & explained on the tour and brochure, including the residence of Atanacia Santa Cruz Hughes, wife of famous Tucsonan Sam Hughes (223 N. Main Ave.), for which the Sam Hughes Neighborhood is named.

Interestingly, the brochure mentioned the history of El Tiradito as “legend has it that this shrine is the burial spot of a murdered lover who had engaged in an affair with a married woman” and that “many say the young man was murdered for no reason”. Hmm, sounds like there might have been a reason… Go visit the site yourself to find out, and light a candle for the star-crossed  lovers.

The AWHT also has created a walking tour of lovely Prescott, which used to the Arizona state capital. Here’s the link to the brochure, which features some of those impressive Victorian mansions.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Went back for a 2nd look at the AWHT exhibit at the YWCA: several Hispanic and Native American women are featured, as well as a Chinese immigrant, mother of Esther Don Tang of Tucson. Those depicted are all strong, pioneer women of Arizona — from Bisbee, Parker, Prescott, Phoenix, Tucson. Several became politicians and one even got appointed to be Director of a federal dept. by President Jimmy Carter.

  2. Walked part of this trail today (in the hot sun) and found the Stork’s Next (called The Stork on the corner of Court/Council St.), then drove down to the southern section to see El Tiradito, El Teatro Carmen, the Theresa Marx Ferrin house (Cushing Street Bar & Grill now), the huge brick Immaculate Heart School & Convent (now lofts for rent), and finally the Temple of Music & Art, where ATC performs. Don’t forget to check out the exhibit at the YWCA, open M – F.

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