Trail Dust Town's History
Trail Dust Town was built in 1961 and quickly became a favorite place for Tucson and its guests to spend time and enjoy a trip back in time, Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse opened in 1962 and gave the various cowboys and ranchhand's in the area, a great place to get steak, belly up to the bar, and let their horses drive them home. The "Town" was rocked by a devastating fire that struck Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse in 1971. The fire brought multiple firetrucks out as no one wanted to lose the iconic steakhouse. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of Tucson Fire and even a passing landscaping Truck, Pinnacle Peak burnt to the ground.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Pinnacle Peak emerged in its current location in 1972 and returned to the business of serving the best steaks in Tucson. As the popularity of the steakhouse continued to grow, so did Trail Dust Town. Dakota was added to the town in the late 1980's to give Tucson another great dining option when visiting Trail Dust Town. Then in the mid 1990's the town began shifting from being a collection of shops and restaurants to becoming an entertainment destination with the addition of the amusement rides.
The C.P. Huntington Railroad was built closely followed by an antique carousel. Then the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros began performing live stunt shows on Dragoon St. to larger and larger crowds. Trail Dust Town continued on with small changes and improvements until the next evolution. In the early 2010's PollyAnna Park was built to give an open grassy area for families to enjoy. At the same time a ferris Wheel was added and the carousel relocated. The creation of PollyAnna Park marked Trail Dust Town's transition from a shopping center with an amusement park into a family entertainment venue.
Today, Trail Dust Town has become to home to several community events such as Farmer's Markets, Rodeo Celebrations, and even an Oktoberfest event. Trail Dust Town itself is still locally owned and operated by the same family and has just moved into it's third generation. Everyone involved with Trail Dust Town is fully committed to stewarding this special part of Tucson, so that future generations of Tucsonans may enjoy and even bring their guests.
Museum of the Horse Soldier
Incorporated in 2013, Museum of the Horse Soldier is one of a few museums dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. Military's mounted services. Visitors to The Museum can explore the history of U.S. horse soldiers and their roles in times of peace and conflict during the 18th - 21st centuries. The Museum of the Horse Soldier offers a unique opportunity to discover and explore military history through informative and engaging exhibits, featuring many rare and one-of-a-kind artifacts.
The Museum's building was originally home to Diamond X Feed Store as well as the first location for Tucson's Gaslight Theater. The building laster became a studio for local artist Dan Bates, where he created many bronze sculptures. It was here that Mr. Bates housed his collection of military artifacts, historical wagons, and other antiques. His personal collection was the inspiration for the Museum of the Horse Solider.
The Museum of the Horse Solider continually has over 2,000 objects on display. Displays are periodically changed, allowing visitors to see different items from our larger collection. The Museum also houses an expanding archival collection including historic photos and paper ephemera items. The Museum's archive is available to researchers by appointment.
The Museum's evolving exhibits and quality interpretations make each visit a new experience. We hope this web site will inspire you to learn more about this remarkable part of our nation's history.
Please visit museumofthehorsesoldier.com for more information