Southern Arizona has a vibrant history. Coronado’s Spanish Conquistadors. Apache Wars. Mining boomtowns now deserted ghost towns. The Gunfight Near The OK Corral and the Earp Vendetta Ride. The Bisbee Massacre. And so much more.
In the following pages you will find some most interesting “Local” history about a time or place. These are our picks of True West stories, some obscure, but all rewarding.
The Friends of the San Pedro River are celebrating Archaeology month by offering a new Archaeology walk every Saturday in March at 9am. The Murray Spring Mammoth Kill site hike on March 8, 2014 will meet at the Murray Springs Parking Area off Moson Road. Learn more about this important … Continue reading
Which was America’s longest war? President Obama claims that the war in Afghanistan is America’s longest. But is that true? First, let me say that “wars” no longer start with a formal “declaration of war” nor end with a formal signing of surrender documents or “peace accords”. So part of … Continue reading
In this educational video, experts discuss what life might have been like for the Sobaipuri people and the heritage they left for their descendents, the O’odham. This video was taken at the site of an archaeology dig at the village of Santa Cruz de Gaybanipitea near the San Pedro River. It is chock full of fascinating tidbits of the history of the Indian peoples in this area.
On a perfect February morning, we went to the 2014 Tucson Rodeo Parade. The parade celebrates the annual rodeo known as La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros. The parade was created back in 1925 and is said to be the largest non-motorized parade in America. I can believe it. The procession … Continue reading
On the 4th Saturday of the month, Tombstone shopkeepers have started keeping their doors open and light on after sunset. They call this event: Tombstone At Twilight.
Conspicuous by its absence, the Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, Tombstone’s most popular attraction, has not graced the pages of Southern Arizona Guide … until now. Why? At Southern Arizona Guide we have a guiding philosophy. If we cannot wholeheartedly recommend your establishment or event to our friends & family, … Continue reading
SASCO is a ghost town north of Tucson and just south of Picacho Peak. It was the smelter for the first Silverbell mine, which was 12 miles to the southwest and connected by rail. We had visited SASCO ten years ago; before we were Southern Arizona Guide and we had … Continue reading
Wyatt Earp, now with federal authority, assembled a posse of gunmen to hunt for his brother’s would-be assassins.
We know more about Tucson history than most. Why? It’s our job. We are, after all, Southern Arizona Guide. We particularly enjoy Downtown Tucson because it is so rich in local history and cultural heritage. We never tire of discovering historical gems hidden among the modern high-rises and older Downtown … Continue reading
The Pima Indians, like most primitive cultures around the world that anthropologists study, the indigenous people who lived in the area around Mission Tumacácori in the 17th century referred to themselves simply as “People”.