Many of Tucson's first streets were named for early pioneers, folks who came to the Old Pueblo in the 1860's or early '70's. I was struck by how many of our street names honor pioneers who were killed by Apaches.
Then I got to wondering, how many Tucson street names honor people who killed Apaches? Keep reading. I think you'll find it interesting. And you can use these otherwise useless facts to impress your friends with your knowledge of local history.
Tucson streets named for guys who were killed by Apaches.
1. Cushing Street: Named in 1872 for First Lieutenant Howard B. Cushing (1838-1871). Cushing was a Civil War veteran, having fought in many battles, including Shiloh, Fredericksburg, & Gettysburg. He was killed by Apaches while in pursuit of the Apache band he thought was led by Cochise. Actually, it was another great Chiricahua chief who targeted Cushing for assassination. He managed to survive the Civil War. He did not survive the Apache Wars. Click HERE to read the compelling story of how Cushing street got its name.Read More