Pioneer Hotel – The Fire That Destroyed Downtown Tucson

Pioneer Hotel Fire; December 1970.

In the 1920’s, one of Tucson’s richest men was Albert Steinfeld. When he was 18-years-old, the German-born Steinfeld came to Tucson in 1872 via stagecoach to work for his uncle Louis’ mercantile, Zeckendorf’s. Originally, Zeckendorf’s was a large one-story adobe building with a flat roof situated just west of Calle … Continue reading

Tucson Police Capture The Dillinger Gang: No Shots Fired!

Arizona Daily Star headline Dillinger capture

Part1 of 3: The Dillinger Phenomenon (Note: Southern Arizona Guide will lead two FREE Dillinger Days Tours from Hotel Congress on Saturday January 23, 2016.) John Dillinger robbed banks. To many, he became a popular folk hero, not unlike train robber Jessie James back in the 1880’s. In the Great … Continue reading

The Most Extraordinary Presidential Inaugural Parade

TR's Inaugural Parade, led by American Indians.

Theodore Roosevelt, often referred to simply as TR, was a highly successful American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer … this latter much to the chagrin of the rich and powerful; particularly J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller; and Andrew Carnegie … not to mention the political bosses of his … Continue reading

The Roads Of Tucson: A Historical Perspective

Tucson Maiden Streetcar

The most common complaint I hear about Tucson is the awful condition of Tucson roads, particularly the proliferation of potholes. Every time this subject comes up I recall that Congress Street wasn’t even paved until 1912 the year Arizona became a state. From myriad accounts by travelers in those early years, any pavement was better than no pavement.

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