About 15 years ago several Tucsonans came up with an idea to honor our region’s indigenous ancestors. It would be a statue, somewhere at the foot of Sentinel Peak, where a Pima village existed when the first Europeans arrived in the late 17th century.
On Friday, Father Thomas Koller of Santa Cruz Parish was walking by the giant "A" on Sentinel Peak. The letter was the focus of a public fight when it was painted black, then in patriotic colors at the start of the Iraq War.
Tucson's A-Mountain becomes white again from the top down after an anti-war group painted it black. A-O Painting Inc. is painting the A, which will take 60 gallons of white paint and will cost the city $3,750. Photo by Aaron J. Latham. MARCH 26, 2003 A10
Gilbert Escandón Jiménez, a longtime Menlo Park resident and "A" Mountain hiker, relaxes near the trailhead that will soon bear his name. Jiménez, 87, helped to maintain the mountain's trails for more than 70 years.