NOTE: The 5th in a series of searches for lost or forgotten sports venues, trophies and artifacts in the Old Pueblo.
From the 1890s to the 1920s, there were two main ‘sporting goods’ stores in the city center, one dealing mainly with repairing bicycles, tennis equipment and even car parts and the other with much of the same, but also football uniforms and safety equipment.
The KL Hart store began as an armory in the 1800s and evolved into more options such as golf clubs and tennis equipment under the name “Smith Sporting Goods Company”, then SF Bauman in the 1910s in a store that included photo equipment. This was located at 17. E. Congress, which is now an alley, used by the Nook restaurant.
At the same time, around 1908, the Reid Sporting Goods Co. was located at 44 N. Stone. WL Reid will give up his business to run a toy store and the Tucson Auction Company around 1920. His store was swallowed up by Montgomery Ward. Now called the “Roy Place Building”, it is used by the University of Arizona and the Tucson startup. It was the first store to offer sports equipment such as shoulder pads from Spalding.
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