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  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Postcards have existed since the mid-1800s.

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

This is not your normal book review. Regular readers know that I occasionally recommend books, usually having some relation to Arizona history…

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

In the final installment in this series, we’ve arrived at the question of how much the historic bedrocks of our economy, Arizona’s traditional…

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Climate has been a critical resource since Arizona’s beginning. Our sunny, warm, dry weather provided the foundation for successful cattle ran…

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Those oranges, lemons and grapefruits that you buy at the grocery store or grow in your backyard originated thousands of years ago in Asia, in…

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

According to cotton historian Stephen Yafa, “cotton was domesticated simultaneously in India and Peru some 5,500 years ago.” Cotton, and cloth…

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  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

According to a recent genetic study, cattle were domesticated from wild ox in the Near East about 10,500 years ago. Christopher Columbus broug…

  • By Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

It seems like mining has always been big in Arizona. In 1736 the discovery of silver just below the current border with Mexico drew prospectiv…

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Do you know Arizona’s traditional five C’s? I’m talking about the most important elements of Arizona’s economy during the state’s development …

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Have you ever played the license plate game? You know, where you see how many of the 50 different U.S. state license plates you can spot? Here…

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Tucson’s movers and shakers in sports include a University of Arizona athletic director and coaches for basketball, swimming and softball.

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Tucson’s movers and shakers in science and medicine include an archaeologist, a planetary scientist, a heart transplant surgeon and a pioneer …

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Movers and shakers in arts and entertainment in Tucson include an architect, an artist, an author-historian and a singer.

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

This is the second in a five-part series on the 20th century’s most influential movers and shakers in Tucson, according to author and historia…

  • Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

This is the first in a five-part occasional series on the 20th century’s most influential movers and shakers in Tucson, according to author an…

  • By Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

In mid-September Pat and I spent a week in southwestern Colorado searching for gold – not the precious metal, but the golden colors of million…

  • By Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Pat and I tend to take short, refreshing trips during the summer rather than get out of town for the entire hot weather season. In July we dro…

Last week I wrote about how Arizona was created out of the western half of the New Mexico Territory in 1863. This time let’s consider how thin…

  • COURTESY OF BETTINA LYONS

L. Zeckendorf & Co. was at the intersection of Main and Pennington Street, circa 1880. Albert Steinfeld, with hand on hip, is standing in …

  • COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Charles M. Strauss and Jacob S. Mansfeld were among those who helped start the University of Arizona. Old Main, above, was the first building …