This is not your normal book review. Regular readers know that I occasionally recommend books, usually having some relation to Arizona history, like Stephen Fried’s biography of Fred Harvey, of railroad hospitality fame, and Jeff Guinn’s history of the shootout at the OK Corral.
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 Five C’s affect the current state economy.
Climate has been a critical resource since Arizona’s beginning. Our sunny, warm, dry weather provided the foundation for successful cattle ranching as well as the cotton and citrus industries.
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 an area bordered by India, Myanmar (Burma) and China.
According to cotton historian Stephen Yafa, “cotton was domesticated simultaneously in India and Peru some 5,500 years ago.” Cotton, and cloth made from it, gradually moved west to Europe and north to Mexico and beyond, so when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahama Islands in 1492, he f…
According to a recent genetic study, cattle were domesticated from wild ox in the Near East about 10,500 years ago. Christopher Columbus brought the first cattle to the New World in 1493, and other Spanish explorers brought cattle to Mexico about the time Cortez captured Mexico City in 1521.
It seems like mining has always been big in Arizona. In 1736 the discovery of silver just below the current border with Mexico drew prospective Spanish miners northward into Southern Arizona. After Arizona became a U.S. territory, gold was found near Yuma in 1858 and in 1863 in the Bradshaw …
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 from a U.S. territory through statehood and well into the 20th century.
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’s a new game, even more challenging: spotting different Arizona license plates.
Tucson’s movers and shakers in sports include a University of Arizona athletic director and coaches for basketball, swimming and softball.
Tucson’s movers and shakers in science and medicine include an archaeologist, a planetary scientist, a heart transplant surgeon and a pioneer in integrative medicine.
Movers and shakers in arts and entertainment in Tucson include an architect, an artist, an author-historian and a singer.
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 historian Bob Ring.
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 and historian Bob Ring. This week features people in business. Later parts will cover politics, arts and entertainment, science and medicine, and sports.
In mid-September Pat and I spent a week in southwestern Colorado searching for gold – not the precious metal, but the golden colors of millions of aspen trees. We were participants in an Arizona Highways photo workshop, learning how to take better photos from nature photographer Jim Steinberg.
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 drove to Taos, N.M., to spend a few days at an altitude of 7,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
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 things would be different today if Arizona had been fashioned out of the southern half of the New Mexico Territory, as proposed many times in the 1850s an…
L. Zeckendorf & Co. was at the intersection of Main and Pennington Street, circa 1880. Albert Steinfeld, with hand on hip, is standing in front row center below a wall lantern.
Charles M. Strauss and Jacob S. Mansfeld were among those who helped start the University of Arizona. Old Main, above, was the first building on campus.