2011 Miracle Mile Open House & Tour

The fourth annual Historic Miracle Mile Open House and Tour will take place Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 pm, at College Place, 1601 N. Oracle Road.  As a bonus, there will be a guided tour of one of the oldest areas of Evergreen Cemetery from 8:00 to 8:30 am.

The free open house and tour is a collaborative effort of participants in the City’s Oracle Area Revitalization Plan (OARP) project, the Gateway Business AllianceCity of Tucson Ward III Office, and Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation..

Two free shuttle buses will operate during the tour.

The event will include the first tour of the fully rehabilitated Ghost Ranch Lodge; guided walks through vintage motor court motels; illustrated talks on Miracle Mile and U.S. 80, architecture, iconic neon signs, and displays on future projects planned for the area.  Listen to music, enjoy refreshments, and pick up a Driving Guide of Historic Places and a Find-the-Sign activity for kids.

The Open House and Tour is supported in part by Ghost Ranch Lodge, College Place and Evergreen


Learn what the City of Tucson has been doing - visit the Oracle Area Revitalization Plan.  

Oracle Area Historic Context Study



All Day  | Motor Court Tours from historian Ken Scoville (leaving from College Place) 


All Day | Ghost Ranch Tour and Open House | Shuttle from College Place


All Day | Monterey Motel | See the transformation of the Monterey Motel into the Monterey Court Studio Galleries for more information visit: http://montereycourtaz.com/ 


All Day | Displays and Information (College Place & Ghost Ranch Lodge) 


All Day | Franklin Auto Museum Car Display  (For more information the Auto Museum visit www.franklinmuseum.org)


8:00 am | Evergreen Cemetery Tour  (tour meets at cemetery entrance at Fort Lowell Rd.)


9:00 am  | "Roadside Architecture" - Lecture by R. Brooks Jeffery, Director Drachman Institute; Coordinator, Graduate Program in Preservation Studies (College Place)  


10:00 am | "The Making of the High Chaparral Series" - Robert Shelton and Don Collier: Shelton was responsible for re-opening the Old Tucson Studios in the 1960s and was involved in many film/TV productions in Tucson.  Don Collier, starred as the ranch foreman on High Chaparral.


11:00 am | "Autopia" - Lecture by Dave Devine, Writer, Editor, Corral of the Westerners (College Place)


12:00 pm | "Our Neon Future" - Lecture by Demion Clinco, President, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation; State Advisor National Trust (College Place) 


1:00 pm  | "Neon Sign Iconography and Meaning" - Lecture by Carlos Lazano, Founder VanishingTucson.com; Member, Tucson Pima County Historical Commission  (College Place)  


For more information, contact:  Linda Mehall at (520) 791-4711, or Linda.Mehall@tucsonaz.gov