Alice Vail slept under a tarp in the company of scorpions.
Timeless story adds depth and understanding to the history of Arizona.
Tucson High students get real-life lesson in civics, history and government.
Charles Lindbergh flies "The Spirit of St. Louis" out of Roosevelt Field in New York, May 20, 1927, as he begins his flight to Paris to be the first to complete a non-stop transcontinental flight. (AP Photo)
Volunteer and spokesperson for the American Lung Association, comedian Sid Caesar, illustrates the evils of smoking at an American Lung Association and Quality Inns International press conference in New York, Aug. 30, 1984. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Armando C. Elías loved local history. He studied it, talked about it and wrote what he discovered.
Manuel Escalante Jr. and Florentina Moreno married in 1912, and years later he homesteaded land and ran a farm in the area between what's now Irvington and Escalante roads.
Frank Escalante Sr. served in World War II and met his wife, Stephanie, in Austria. The photo is from 1947.
Running east of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a street named after a longtime ranching family.
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson is shown at Tampa, Fla., July 1, 1935. Jackson, who was a prominent figure in the 1919 White Sox World Series scandal, now owns businesses in Savannah, Ga., and Greenville, S.C. He was considered by many to have been one of the greatest natural hitters of all time. He …
Big Jim Griffith's history and folklore blog, "Our Storied Desert Land," continues today at azstarnet.com/bigjim
Picture show Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, left, the most successful German fighter pilot during WW I with 80 downed planes, and his brother Lothar, at right. Manfred von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, was killed in aerial combat on April 21, 1918. (AP Photo)
On this date in 1866, the first telegraph was sent via the new Atlantic Telegraph Cable. This is Robert Dudley's famous painting "Awaiting The Reply," showing Cyrus West Field, tall man silhouetted at right, financier who led the Atlantic Telegraph Company, among others as they awaited the s…
Louis Bleriot at the controls of the plane which made the first flight across the English Channel, July 25, 1909. (AP Photo)
The University of Arizona and developers want to kill the dream. How else would you explain the UA's plan to tear down a piece of history on the northwest corner of Speedway and Campbell - the Palm Shadows Apartments?
This picture taken in 1937 in California shows, back row, John A. Magee and Catherine Magee, and front row, shortest to tallest, Robert, Betty and Jack Jr. A fourth child, Sally, isn't in the picture.
Homesteading - or claiming federal land with the intent of living on it and improving it - gave a prominent northwest-side street its name.
Merchants from Fronteras, Sonora, gave the man a wad of money to spend on guns and ammunition in Douglas and smuggle them back south.
My love and appreciation for Tucson comes from my family. My Tucson-born mother and Mexican immigrant father each have helped shape my appreciation for nuestro pueblo, including its blemishes and faults.