Perhaps Pinal County should be named "Penal County" because the major employers here are State & Federal prisons. And the list of things to do in Pinal County, Arizona is short. Nevertheless, all are worthwhile day trips from Tucson.
Florence, the county seat, has a lot to offer history buffs, including a small, but excellent museum & a pleasant walking tour of restored historic buildings.
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This slideshow will introduce you to some of the sights and scenes from Southern Arizona and stories about those places. Clicking on a slide that interests you will transport you to a story about a destination or adventure. …Continue reading
Here is the history of manned flight. Pima Air and Space Museum has over 300 historic aircraft on exhibit, including the Blackbird, a 1950’s design that still holds the speed record for coast to coast flight: imagine going from New York to Los Angeles in one hour.
Mt. Lemmon is a recreational paradise in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Coronado National Forest. It is 9,157 feet (2,791 m) above sea-level, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. A perfect place for skiing in the winter or camping in the summer, it also has observatories that you can view through a telescope, winter or summer. Other activities are hiking, biking and hanging out to cool off in the summer.
Mission San Xavier del Bac is about 15 minutes south of downtown Tucson. It is the finest example of Spanish mission architecture anywhere. It was built in the late 18th century and is today both an important piece of Baja Arizona history and an active Roman Catholic church serving the Tohono O’odham people.
As a “city”, Tucson really came into its own in the first decade of the 20th century, even though the city was legally incorporated in 1877. It never amounted to anything of importance until the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1880. The railroad connected Tucson to the outside world. It brought hardware, lumber, and fresh produce at affordable prices. Even today, you can see how the architecture of the city changed after the arrival of the railroad.
Can anyone name this artist and gallery? Send your best guess to: email@example.com with the heading: Where is this? LAST WEEK’S WINNER Congratulations to our winner, Chuck Mitchell, for this week who correctly identified this plane as the B-17 Flying Fortress from the 390th Memorial Museum, a part of the Pima Air …Continue reading
One hundred years ago this year, one of the most egregious actions by a corporation took place in Arizona. In the midst of America’s involvement in WWI, copper mining was at an all time high. Miners were striking throughout Arizona for better wages and conditions. They brought in the “Wobblies”, …Continue reading
Saturday, May 13, 2017 Ms. Rosemary & I went to Mission Garden for the 4th Annual celebration of San Ysidro Day. In the 12th century, he was Isidore, a pious farm worker in Spain. Now he is the patron saint of farmers and farm hands. Blessings were offered by the …Continue reading
At Silverbell and St. Mary’s Road is a strip center with a Safeway. This is where you will find Mei Mei Chinese Restaurant. I have now dined there 3 times, once alone and twice with dining companions. The one time I dined alone, I ordered their lunch special for $7. …Continue reading
Hi. I’m Jim Gressinger, travel writer and photographer, author, restaurant critic, and publisher of Southern Arizona Guide. I’m also a time-traveler. Are you? My Southern Arizona Guide’s easy-to-use Self-Guided Tucson History & Dining Tour will take you on a journey back in time to witness events and meet people who …Continue reading
The Imperial Sand Dunes, 20 miles west of Yuma, AZ, is one of the largest and most popular off-road vehicle recreation areas in the United States. The dunes stretch roughly north to south for 40 miles. The southern-most dunes are in Sonora, Mexico. In some places, they are five to …Continue reading
The Yuma Visitor’s Center boasts that there are no less than three Wildlife Refuges within a short driving distance of Yuma. They are Imperial, Kofa and Cibola National Wildlife Refuges. Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is on the way to the Castle Dome Mine Museum as is Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. …Continue reading
Ms. Karen & I had visited Yuma right after Christmas 2016. We discovered so much to see and do that we looked forward to returning in late March 2017. Our first day found us an hour north of Yuma, off a dirt road near the Yuma Proving Grounds; at Castle …Continue reading