First settled by the Spanish in the 18th-century, today, Douglas, Arizona is a small but charming community with over 100 years of rich history, nature and cultural treasures. Bordering Mexico at Agua Prieta, it has a history of copper mining and cattle ranching with some colorful lives of Native American figures – you can learn more about them in the city’s museums and preserved architectural buildings. There are 400 buildings under the National Register of Historic Places in Douglas, if you pay attention you may spot them while walking around. You may also get a glimpse of the wildlife at the National Park near Douglas. Check out the bird’s paradise and steal a glance of some exotic animals, and be sure to get your camera ready! Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Douglas, Arizona!
1. The Grand Theatre
Founded in 1972 by the Douglas Arts and Humanities Association (DAHA), The Grand Theatre was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The structure is having an ongoing restoration to meet modern-day earthquake standards. Documentary film (Wall of Dreamers), music videos of regional artists, and Hot Girl Ghost Hunters television series are some of their local productions that visitors can enjoy. You may check out their schedule for live performances and other local film/media projects on their website (link below).
The Grand Theatre
Address: G Ave Douglas, AZ 85607, USA
Website: The Grand Theatree
2. The Douglas-Williams House
Located at 1001 D Ave. in Douglas, the former home of James Douglas is now a museum displaying exhibits that tell the story and history of Douglas. It houses one of the state’s most comprehensive photographic collections and hosts an in-depth genealogical library of the copper smelting town. Every Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 4 pm, the museum welcomes visitors. If you’d like to visit on other day, you may arrange by appointment, just call +1 5203647370.
The Douglas-Williams House
Address: 1001 D Avenue, Douglas, AZ, USA
Website: The Douglas-Williams House/Museum
3. The Gadsden Hotel
The Gadsden Hotel, the tallest building in Douglas, AZ, also serves as a historic symbol of the town. Visit the hotel during the day to admire the solid white Italian marble staircase, and the four marble columns at the lobby, a Tiffany & Co., stained glass mural, and Audley Dean Nichols’ painting.
The Gadsden Hotel
Address: 1046 G Avenue, Douglas, AZ 85607, USA
Website: The Gadsden Hotel
4. Slaughter Ranch Museum
Slaughter Ranch Museum is just a short drive from Douglas, AZ, and it is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The Johnson Historical Museum of Southern Arizona welcomes visitors to tour the grounds, and you can see the buildings of Slaughter Ranch and imagine what life was like when Texas John Slaughter rode there. You can find also the carefully restored old adobe ranch house, ice house, wash house, granary, commissary and car shed.
Slaughter Ranch Museum
Address: 6153 Geronimo Trail, Douglas, AZ 85607, United States
Website: Slaughter Ranch Museum
5. Border Air Museum
Our x-trek at the Douglas International Airport with the Douglas 'D' on the far mountain. Elevation 4173 ft.Posted by Frank Proud on Friday, 20 October 2017
Did you know Douglas International Airport was the first international airport in the Americas? The first in-coming flight to Douglas was in 1911, a few short years after the Wright Brothers made their historical flights. It was also the first in Arizona State to have night lights and it was considered the finest airport in Arizona. In the 1930s, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines and others were active users of this airport. You will find more information in photos and newspaper cuttings of this US aviation history in the Border Air Museum.
Border Air Museum
Address: 3200 E. 10th Street, Douglas, AZ 85607, USA
Website: Border Air Museum
6. The San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge
San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge is just minutes east from Douglas town; from 15th Street go east (15th St. becomes Geronimo Trail) and it’s about 14.5 miles (23.34 kilometers) to reach from there. It is open five days a week during daylight hours for a variety of wildlife-related activities such as wildlife watching and photography, hiking, and seasonal hunting. The refuge is home to over 283 different species of birds, mammals and other riparian wildlife.
The San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge
Address: about 14.5 miles (23.34 kilometers) east from Douglas town
Websitee: The San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge
7. Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge
Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1988, which covers an area of 2,765-acres (11.2 square kilometers). It was purposed to protect the Yaqui chub (Gila purpurea) and the Yaqui topminnow (Poeciliopsis sonoriensis) - two of the eight native fish species of the Río Yaqui watershed. The refuge also protects a unique velvet ash-black walnut-cottonwood forest along Leslie Creek, which is home for many migrating and nesting birds.
Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 17.5 miles (27.4 kilometers) north of the international border with Mexico in southeast Arizona’s Cochise County
8. Visit Mexico
Agua Prieta, Sonora Mexico-Douglas Arizona Border Crossing (back when it was SEMI-safe to walk across the border) August, 2005Posted by Mike McGuire on Wednesday, 23 November 2016
After exploring Douglas, you may cross the border to Mexico to the sister city Agua Prieta. Mexican border towns can be fun places to shop and enjoy a taste of Mexico. However, they can also be dangerous. As a general rule, it is best to travel only during the day and in groups.
Be charmed by Douglas
Visit Douglas to learn about Arizona’s history, nature and culture – a perfect place for all types of visitors!
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