Big Jim Griffith's history and folklore blog, "Our Storied Desert Land," continues today at azstarnet.com/bigjim
In the 1960s, a large chunk of what had been downtown Tucson was swallowed up by a huge Urban Renewal project. Old businesses and residential neighborhoods were cleared to make was for public buildings like the Convention Center.
In the 1920s, our shrine, El Tiradito, which had been downhill from its present location, was moved because of a street-widening project, and settled on land donated to the city of Tucson.
A sculpture of sand trout in the Rose Hill Wash on Tanque Verde Road, Tues. July 5, 2011.
No fishing for sand trout at the Atturbury-Lyman Bird and Animal Sanctuary loop trail. Photo taken 12/11/09.
It all began when the Sonoran Desert started drying up, to become what it is today.
In my last blog I shared some of the historical importance of the Santa Cruz River. That’s a good example of the way I use history and archaeology — the study of the past — to illuminate the present. That river, no matter how much it has changed, is the reason for Tucson being where it is.
Let’s start with a river – The Santa Cruz River. We have to start there, because that’s where human settlement in this area started.
Members of the Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble perform for the Tucson Slavic Festival Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at St. Melany Byzantine Catholic Church. Such entertainment can be expected at the Slavic Heritage Festival April 20, 2013.
True to my promise, I’m alerting you to events related to the subject of this blog, the living cultural traditions of Tucson.
There are many ways in which one can describe Tucson. It’s a place of Sunbelt sprawl and rapid growth. It’s the home of Davis-Monthan, Raytheon, and the University of Arizona. It’s got a friendly winter climate and excellent resorts and golf courses. It’s surrounded by desert and mountains o…
There's no place in the world where Big Jim Griffith would rather live than in the borderlands of Southern Arizona and northern Mexico.