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…
Tucson’s movers and shakers in sports include a University of Arizona athletic director and coaches for basketball, swimming and softball.
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.
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.
The Jacobs house, 1879-1968, was built by Barron M. Jacobs, who along with his brother, Lionel, founded Tucson's first bank. In the late 1800s, the house was considered to be the centerpiece of Tucson society.
With the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the transfer of the Arizona territorial capital from Prescott to Tucson in 1867, business opportunities in Tucson abounded.