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Nogales, Arizona

Back when the border was marked by a waist-high post and crossing was an unremarkable event, a saloon straddled the line with a door in Mexico and one in the U.S. Nogales is located on Interstate 19, right on the Mexican border.

Nogales is a wonderful place to experience the Mexican culture and traditions. Nogales is the county seat for Santa Cruz County and is a very popular port of entry for U.S. travelers. More than a billion dollars of produce pass through Nogales up into the United States and Canada. Nogales is an important retail and wholesale trading point with a population of 20,328.

Nogales, Arizona is the sister city of Nogales, Mexico . Many visitors include a day trip across the border to Mexico to see the town of Nogales. Visitors will enjoy shopping and Sonoran food.

Thousands of years ago, before European explorers ever dreamed of sailing across the Atlantic, Nogales was part of a migratory path and trade route called Spain's El Camino Real (The King's Highway). Much later, regiments of armor-clad Conquistadors forayed north along this very valley in quest of precious metals and gems. Today missions built by the Spanish colonials still dot the valley's landscape.

Back in those days, ranchers in the area were besieged by Apaches raiding their herds of well-fed cattle.

Life on the border would not be complete without the influence of Pancho Villa, whose army occupied Nogales, Mexico in 1914 during the Mexican Revolution. The U.S. military's garrison in Nogales swelled to over 10,000 mostly black soldiers of the highly decorated 25th Regiment mostly detached from Washington, D.C. The military buildup and related business growth attracted many businesses to Nogales, some of which remain today.

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Woolworth Company

The Woolworth Company was constructed in 1917

Nogales, AZ Historic Buildings

Mainstreet Historic Tours

Architectural buffs will have a heyday in Nogales. Of course, there's the predominant Sonoran Style. But there are also fine examples of Queen Anne Cottage, Second Empire, Spanish Colonial, Pueblo Revival, Mediterranean Style, and Bungalow Style all within the downtown area.

Nogales, AZ Tours


Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart Church was built in 1897. The materials used in construction of Sacred Heart Church, including the pews hewn from Spanish Cedar, were furnished by pioneer Nogales industrial firm, Roy &

Nogales, AZ Historic Churches

Crawford Street Historic District

Merchants and professionals carried on a long tradition of a robust commercial center and their profits built the stately homes that still grace Crawford Street. Built by Edward Titcomb about 1905, the mansion located at 432 W. Crawford was renovated to its current glory in the early 1970

Nogales, AZ Historic Districts

Things to do near Nogales, AZ

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