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.
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.
Klondyke is a near-ghost town in western Graham County. In the second decade of the 21st century, the only roads out there are still unpaved. The Klondyke cemetery is just southeast of town. There you will find the graves of the Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Power and his family. Few know the sad story of these […]
For all you bird watchers out there, spotting the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo is a real treat. This species is threatened in Arizona, endangered in California and disappearing in other parts of North America. In this lecture, a biologist from the Southern Sierra Research Station goes into great depth about this …Continue reading
You may know right away where this is. Send your best guess to: [email protected] with the heading: Where is this? LAST WEEK’S WINNER Yup. this is the site of one of the military camps during the Apache wars. There are several in this area. Of course, this is …Continue reading
Part III: William Oury – Epilogue This is part of a series on William Oury and the Camp Grant Massacre. If you have not read Part I and Part II on William Oury, start here at Part I. [Tucson 1930’s] Late in her long life, Atanacia Hughes (1850-1934), was interviewed …Continue reading
The origin of the town’s name is fairly well-known. Seems Ed was staying at Fort Huachuca and told some soldiers he was going prospecting in the hills around Goose Flats (present-day Tombstone). The soldiers laughed and told Ed, “All you will find over there is your own tombstone”. Both the …Continue reading
Bars and breweries in Tucson have been allowed to reopen. As of August 10th, 2020, those who have restaurant licenses are allowed to open at 50% occupancy. Those without restaurant licenses must wait. I am not entirely sure if Food Trucks on the premises constitute a “Food” license but a …Continue reading
Background: Presidio New & Old Editor’s Note. If you have an interest in Tucson’s early history, Hector Soza’s story is a special chapter about our early Presidio Period, a unique time and place in America’s legendary past. However, to appreciate this story’s full richness, it will help to have some …Continue reading
Friends of ours recently traveled to Apple Annie’s in Willcox for some fruits and veggies for canning. I am ever fond of Elaine’s Bread and Butter Pickles. I grew up in a small farming town in northern Utah and, once we moved to Tucson, found myself missing the pick-it-yourself produce …Continue reading
Arizona State Parks and Trails is Roger Naylor’s tribute to this state’s finest places. Written in Mr. Naylor’s inimitable style, it reveals Arizona at its best, with colorful photographs and a personal writing style. Most of the trails depicted in this book Mr. Naylor personally hiked, enjoying the solitude and beauty …Continue reading