The Apache Wars: A Timeline Part 1

Apache Pass Arizona

This is the first of a six part series about the longest war in American History. The saga of the Apache Wars is both complex and compelling. For over a quarter century,  roughly 1861-1886, hundreds of ambushes, raids, massacres, and full-fledged military battles occurred over a huge, rugged, and diverse … Continue reading

Cholla Bud Harvesting

Purple Cholla Blossoms resized copy

With the resurgence in interest in native Arizona foods, we are rediscovering what foods are readily available in our desert environment. From mesquite flour, to prickly pear, palo verde beans and here, Cholla buds, which are actually a delicacy in some circles. Watch this video produced by Mike Foster, from … Continue reading

The Civilian Conservation Corps in Arizona

Boys of the CCC

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a National public work relief program. Operating from 1933 to 1942, it was organized to assist unemployed, unmarried men from relief families as part of the New Deal. The CCC provided jobs for these young men, helping families who were having difficulty finding jobs during … Continue reading

How Two Historic Tucson Neighborhoods Got Their Names

John "Pie" Allen

In the mid-19th century, in the remote southwest desert that was Arizona Territory, there were not many ways to earn a fortune. Life was mostly a struggle just to survive, let alone prosper. In the early 1850’s, 10’s of thousands of young men from the eastern United States, Midwest, and … Continue reading

Tombstone Mines: How Much Were They Really Worth?

(Rt to Lt) Richard (Dick) Gird; Al Schieffelin; Ed Schieffelin,

Did you ever wonder what was the value of $1,000 U.S. Dollars back through the ages? For example, when partners Ed Schieffelin & his brother Al Schieffelin sold their shares in their Tombstone mines for $600,000 in 1880, how much was that worth in 2014 dollars? I knew the sale … Continue reading

Brief History Of Tucson: A Timeline

Butterfield Overland Mail Stagecoach.

I find the history of Tucson fascinating, and enjoy leading our Southern Arizona Guide Tucson History & Libation Tour one Sunday a month. It is much easier to get my mind around all that has happened here over the past many centuries when I can put it all into context. … Continue reading

Tucson History: The Death Of Dr. John Handy

Dr. John Handy

In the 1880’s through the early 1890’s, Tucson was still a rough, often violent town. Geronimo had surrendered in 1886 and his Chiricahua Apaches hauled off to exile in Florida. But even after the Apache threat was largely history, Tucson and all of Southern Arizona continued to be known for … Continue reading