As the city of Tucson grew it often took over large areas of the desert that were ranch lands. Today some of ranches still exist, often being surrounded by suburbia. The Franklin Auto Museum is in one of those areas.
Thomas Hubbard became a collector of Franklin Automobiles in 1950, and brought them home to his ranch in Tucson. The ranch consists of an adobe home, along with numerous out buildings.
One great feature of this museum is being able to tour the home.
The collection of automobiles are housed in 4 different buildings.
The Franklin Auto Museum is a hidden gem of Tucson.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is a collection of ruins of a number of structures, including the 4 story high ‘Big House’. This Hohokam village was abandoned around 1450.
While the structure survived harsh environments for centuries, in the 1930s the park service built a ramada over it to protect it. An earlier wooden one was built in 1903, but did not stand up to the weather well.
There are a number of other much smaller ruins throughout the area.
A closer look at Casa Grande shows the amazing abode structure in detail (along with a plethora of birds)