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.
COVID-19: We have temporarily canceled all of our tours awaiting a vaccine which will make us all safer. We may schedule a private tour from time to time provided it is a walking tour or separate vehicles. You can still purchase our Self Guided Walking Tour here. Click HERE for …Continue reading
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.
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.
Watch this Video Presentation featuring The Franklin Automobile Museum, a fine classic car collection including representative examples of all Franklin automobiles. The H. H. Franklin Foundation is an educational museum of cars and displays.
Those of you who have been here will know. Those that don’t should go. Does anyone recognize this? Should be another easy one. Send your best guess to: [email protected] with the heading: Where is this? And thanks for playing! LAST WEEK’S WINNER Apparently most everyone has been here. This is …Continue reading
Our friend, Elaine, loaned me this book recently and I read it with great interest. The Kolb Brothers are of course famous for their Grand Canyon exploits at the turn of the last century when running the Colorado River was an uncharted waterway. The introduction sets the stage nicely. “The …Continue reading
In this video, Mike Foster digs deeply into the nature of the survival of a single species of aspens, then mentions other plant species that have learned to adapt in wildly different environments. Watch. https://vimeo.com/478687924 Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is a videographer who catalogs the environment and culture …Continue reading
After 8 long months of the neverending pandemic, which reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Jim and I ventured out to preserve my sanity. We headed for Tubac to see what was left after 8 months of the shutdown and a long hot summer. Truth be told, Summer …Continue reading
The Copper Queen Hotel still stands majestic after more than 100 years.
Worth a look around the lobby and saloon. Relax with a drink on the front patio. Take a Ghost Tour.
11 Howell Ave.; Bisbee, AZ 85603
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 present the unique aspects of Arizona. One just such store is Singing Winds Bookshop, post office address, Benson Arizona. This …Continue reading
Mike Anderson, Bisbee historian, sent us this piece recently. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was Bisbee’s first resident comedian. For years now Bisbee has been the home of well-known stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope, but, as it turns out, Stanhope wasn’t the first famous and successful comedian to make his home in the …Continue reading
Watch this video from Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos. It describes the nature and uses of the plant commonly known as Devil’s Claw, and other plants growing in the same ecosystem. According to Wikipedia, Devil’s Claw originated in Southern Africa. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent …Continue reading
Arizona’s Scenic Roads & Hikes by Roger Naylor is a guide to this state’s best. It includes road trips and adjacent hiking trails along with associated attractions, dining places and lodging including many color photographs. The book’s subtitle is: Unforgettable Journeys in the Grand Canyon State, and that it is. …Continue reading