Sonoita Horse Races: 2016

Hat Contest: Sonoita Horse Races 2016

First Saturday in May 2016 We have been planning to go to the Sonoita Horse Races ever since we moved to Tucson 13 years ago, and just never seemed to make it. That all changed this year. Of course we go to the Rillito Horse Races every year … win … Continue reading

Apache May: An Indian Girl On The Slaughter Ranch

This is the dress and vest Apache May wore when Sheriff John Slaughter discovered her.

“Texas” John Slaughter was the sheriff who cleaned up Cochise County after the Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday left Arizona. He was as tough as they come and, among the outlaw class, earned the moniker “that wicked little gringo”. As despised and feared as he was by the outlaws, he … Continue reading

Exploring the Millville Ruins with the FSPR

Millville Ruins

Ever since Jim and I have been travelling to and from Tombstone I have been curious about the Millville Ruins, stone structures outside of Tombstone about 8 miles. They sit on the side of a hill facing the San Pedro River to the west as it meanders northward. My opportunity to … Continue reading

A Stroll Through St. Anthony’s Monastery!

The Abbott's home overlooking St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery.

Florence Arizona is about 75 miles NE of Tucson on Highway 79. Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery is on the way from Tucson to Florence. We had wanted to visit this monastery for years, but each time we were at or near Florence, we did not have the proper attire. … Continue reading

The Ghost Town Tour You Should Not Have Missed!

Southern Arizona Guide Ghost Town Tour at Pearce AZ

Our Ghost Town Tour leaves from Costco parking lot at I-10 & Kino Parkway at 8 AM. Usually, we go mid-week. It takes about an hour & a half to get to our first ghost town, Pearce, Arizona. Upon arrival at the Old Pearce Jail, Anna Nickell, head of the … Continue reading

The Camp Grant Massacre: Part II, The Outcome

Camp Grant Parade Grounds

How Tucson’s Wealthiest & Most Prominent Civic Leaders Committed Mass Murder & Got Away With It. If you have not read the Circumstances Leading up to the Massacre, you can find it here. Fear, Anger, and Greed In Tucson Some seventy miles south in the small, dusty, predominantly Mexican town … Continue reading

The Heavens Through Sky Center’s Telescope

Orion Nebula

(While 99% of the Guide’s content is either Ms. Karen’s or Jim’s product, occasionally we invite adventurous and talented others to write a guest column. Wendy & Richard Buckley are visiting us from Alberta and we encouraged them to experience the Sky Center’s night program. This is their report.) We … Continue reading

Tucson’s Vintage Neon Signs: Part III

Hotel Congress Neon Sign

In Part I & Part II, we followed the vintage neon signs through the Miracle Mile Strip (Miracle Mile West to South Oracle, East on Drachman, South on Stone to Downtown.). Click HERE for a Miracle Mile Strip map and some interesting old photos. Once in Downtown, there are many … Continue reading

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