Who Lived Here?

Who Lived Here? (HM1KZR)

Location: Tucson, AZ 85712 Pima County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 14.901', W 110° 54.575'

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Historical Gardens

Like many Tucsonans in the 1920s, Bernice Walkley and Rutger Porter were transplanted easterners - she from Connecticut and he from New York. Rutger met Bernice while doing landscape work for her father in Tucson.
In 1929 Rutger bought the small adobe house that is now the TBG Gift Shop. Two years later he married Bernice. Together, while raising three girls, they enlarged the house and planted the garden immediately surrounding it.
In the 30s the Porters operated Desert Gardens Nursery on this site. Rutger's love of desert plants earned him the nickname "Kactus Kid." He died in 1958. Bernice opened the house and gardens to clubs and visitors, often serving tea in the afternoon. She occupied the east side of her home until her death in 1983.
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Original adobe house in 1930s, view from Alvernon Way
Rutger Porter
Rutger, Bernice and their three girls
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Date Added Monday, June 8th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 508517 N 3567967
Decimal Degrees32.24835000, -110.90958333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 14.901', W 110° 54.575'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 14' 54.06" N, 110° 54' 34.5" W
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Area Code(s)520
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2144-2148 N Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ 85712, US
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