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I find the history of Tucson fascinating, and enjoy leading our Southern Arizona Guide Tucson History & Libation Tour one Sunday a month. It is much easier to get my mind around all that has happened here over the past many centuries when I can put it all into context. … Continue reading
In the 1880’s through the early 1890’s, Tucson was still a rough, often violent town. Geronimo had surrendered in 1886 and his Chiricahua Apaches hauled off to exile in Florida. But even after the Apache threat was largely history, Tucson and all of Southern Arizona continued to be known for … Continue reading
Does anyone know where this place is? This is iconic. Located in SouthEastern Arizona somewhere. Send your best guess to: [email protected] with the heading: Where is this? Good luck. I bet not many will recognize this place. LAST WEEK’S WINNER Congratulations to Ed Bass who correctly identified this as the mural at … Continue reading
In late 19th & early 20th century New York, newly arrived Irish Catholics were considered low-class by other ethnically “Anglo-Saxon” groups, such as German, English, & Dutch, who were mostly Protestant.
“Low-class” is perhaps too mild a term. The Irish were considered hardly better than Negroes, whom most whites believed were sub-human. Odd as it may seem to us today, the fair-skinned, blonde or red-headed Irish were not considered white in an era when white supremacy was a given.Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Update: 4/4/18. Aravaipa Farms was purchased in the summer of 2016 and has reopened as Aravaipa Farms and Inn. One Saturday in late August 2014, Ms. Karen & I headed for the west entrance of Aravaipa Canyon to check out a place of lodging we had heard good … Continue reading
Sign up for Summer Classes for Kids NOW! Updated 3/30/18 – Summer’s is not far off. And the time is upon us to find meaningful, yet fun, things for our children to do during their time off while we still toil the daily grind. Here is a list of ideas … Continue reading
John Slaughter, who was a Confederate soldier, Texas Ranger and Cochise County sheriff, loved this porch. He was sitting there one day with his family when a cloud of dust swirled up from the south. Pancho Villa and his army rode onto Slaughter’s ranch.Continue reading
Southern Arizona’s wine industry is thriving due to the 16th century Jesuit missionaries who first planted vines here. Some of the original Spanish vines are currently being propagated through the efforts of the staff and volunteers at Mission Gardens, located at the base of “A” Mountain, the site of Tucson’s … Continue reading
Few Southern Arizona residents know that we have a winter recreation area named in honor of a federal prisoner. In fact, this recreation area, including a campground beside a stream, is located on the former site of a federal prison camp in the Santa Catalina Mountains a few miles north … Continue reading
This article is from Ms. Karen, on the eve of the Tucson Festival of Books 2018, March 10th & 11th. We love books about Arizona and its quirky little bookstores. I am not talking about the Amazons and Barnes and Nobles of the world. I am talking about bookstores that … Continue reading