Local History

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.


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Oro Valley Farmers Market: Farm Fresh History!

Oro Valley Farmers Market at Steam Pump Ranch

Not long ago, Oro Valley Farmers Market moved to historic Steam Pump Ranch on North Oracle Road. The ranch was started in 1874 by German immigrants George Pusch and Johann Zellweger. In order to make the ranch viable, they needed a lot of water.  So the partners purchased a steam … Continue reading

Coronado National Memorial: A Video

Coronado National Memorial

In this video, Mike Foster talks about the Coronado National Memorial and the Coronado Expedition for which this memorial is named. This is a great Day Trip for a warm day. Bring a picnic for the top of Montezuma Pass at 6500 ft. elevation. Explore the cave on the property. … Continue reading

A Fate Worse Than Death: How Pennington Street Got Its Name!

Larcena Ann Pennington

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

The Sobaipuri Culture: Ancestral Indians

Sobaipuri

Where did the Sobaipuri come from? When did they inhabit the San Pedro River Valley? Where did they disappear to? In this short video, Mike Foster takes a look at these questions and more. For a more in depth look at the Sobaipuri, see “The Sobaipuri and their Descendants“,another educational … Continue reading

Trincheras Culture

Trincheras Culture

In the spirit of Archaeology month, watch this video about the Trincheras Culture that inhabited the San Pedro River Valley as well as many other places in Sonora and Arizona. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves … Continue reading

Cochise Culture

Cochise Culture

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

America’s Longest War: An Apache History!

Apaches

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

The Sobaipuri and their Descendents, the O’odham

Sobaipuri

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.

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Tucson Rodeo Parade 2014: A Slideshow!

Tucson Rodeo Parade

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