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
How Tucson’s Wealthiest & Most Prominent Civic Leaders Committed Mass Murder & Got Away With It. Today, there’s nothing there. Nothing to suggest what happened in the early morning of April 30, 1871. Nothing to commemorate this blood-soaked ground where between 118 and 144 people, almost all women and children, … Continue reading
How did Pennington Street in Downtown Tucson get its name? (a) Could it be named for some 19th century politician and merchant like Estevan Ochoa, who established a successful business supplying Indian reservations and U.S. Army forts northeast of Tucson? He served as mayor (1875-76) and has a downtown street … Continue reading
if you have not read Part I of our Neon Signs Story, please start here. Driving South on Oracle and turning left onto Drachman, you quickly see several mid-20th century motor courts. All are long past their prime. However, some of their old neon signs have been refurbished and shine … Continue reading
02/26/2016. Dedicated Tucsonans interested in preserving our city’s history have, over the past 7 or 8 years, saved quite a few of the old neon signs that once so brightly lit the main thoroughfares through the Old Pueblo. When Ms. Karen & I moved to Tucson 13 years ago, we … Continue reading
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
After 70+ years on this planet, I have made my share of footprints. At the beach. Hiking in the mountains. But I doubt that any of the impressions my feet made in the sand or dirt lasted more than a couple of days at most. Now, here in Tucson, you … Continue reading
Captured in Tucson in late January and extradited to Indiana, Dillinger is locked up in the Crown Point Indiana jail awaiting trial for robbery and murder.
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 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.