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The Bambi

The Bambi

If a telephone booth could talk, the one inside a midtown tavern would tell a tale of life and death, as the Star reported in 2012. One night in October 1986, a patron there died in mid-sentence while chatting on the phone with his lady friend. Some say his spirit lives on at the Bambi Bar, …

October 29, 2014 2:32 pm
The Silver Room

The Silver Room

Little changed since the 1940s? Check. Wood-paneled walls, neon beer signs and a jukebox? Of course. Nondescript air in a mainly industrial area? You've got it at The Silver Room, 673 S. Plumer Ave. 

October 28, 2014 6:35 pm
Danny's Baboquivari

Danny's Baboquivari

The wall paper with covered wagons, pistols and saddles, adorned with hanging cattle skulls and bull horns, hasn't changed for decades at Danny's Baboquivari Restaurant & Lounge, 2910 E. Fort Lowell Road. Hey, but some things can change for the better: Danny's just posted on Facebook tha…

October 28, 2014 6:36 pm
The Bashful Bandit

The Bashful Bandit

The Bashful Bandit, long infamous as a tough biker bar, looks spiffy, some might say too spiffy, after its 2013 remodeling by the Travel Channel's "American Roadhouse" show. It's at 3886 E. Speedway. (And snarky jokes about surgeons on Harleys? Make 'em at your own risk.)   

October 28, 2014 6:37 pm
Shooter's Saloon

Shooter's Saloon

The karaoke on the inside looks perfectly normal at Shooter's Steakhouse & Saloon at 3115 E. Prince Road. But the outside, with its Moroccan and Mediterranean archways and multiple domes, is a surprise; it was built as a 1972 Moroccan belly-dancing restaurant, El Jebala. The joint became…

October 28, 2014 6:35 pm
Bay Horse Tavern

Bay Horse Tavern

The Bay Horse Tavern (shown here in 2008, wearing a banner in advance of Grant Road's widening) moved to its current site, at 2802 E. Grant Road, in 1958. It now has a Facebook page, which seems wrong (I mean, just look at that authentic joint!). But — and this makes me feel better — it list…

October 28, 2014 6:33 pm
The District Tavern

The District Tavern

Smack dab in the middle of downtown's glitzy revitalization, The District Tavern stays stubborn and true to its 2005 roots. "We are a bar, not a nightclub, not a restaurant. A BAR! Last one of its kind on Congress Street" they say on their Facebook page. "Dog friendly. No TVs, which means yo…

October 28, 2014 6:28 pm
The Shelter

The Shelter

The Shelter opened in 1961 and bills itself as a "Go-Go Boot Wearing, Martini Drinking, Swanky, Groovy Lounge." So of course, the Kennedy bros are there. It's at 4155 E. Grant Road. 

October 28, 2014 6:31 pm
The Cowpony

The Cowpony

Cowpony (or Cow Pony, as it often spells itself, despite the painted sign that clearly leaves out the space; whatevs) is a place where patrons sometimes get up and dance on the bar. As a result, "We have to tighten down the screws every now and then, but it's all OK," owner Jay Healy told th…

October 28, 2014 6:31 pm
Boondocks Lounge

Boondocks Lounge

The Boondocks Lounge chianti bottle, in all its 35-foot Americana glory at 3306 N. First Ave., was designed by artist Michael Kautza around 1974. Boondocks is also known for booking local and national acts throughout the week (the Titan Valley Warheads were set to play on Oct. 29, for example).  

October 28, 2014 6:29 pm
Mint Cocktails

Mint Cocktails

Mint Cocktails was founded in 1934 downtown, and later moved to its current and longtime site at 3540 E. Grant Road. In the 1950s, according to local lore, folks supposedly rode their horses to the bar. For the last couple of years, though, Mint, under new ownership, has courted controversy …

October 28, 2014 6:26 pm
Golden Nugget Tavern

Golden Nugget Tavern

Part of your setup at the "World Famous" Golden Nugget Tavern could include a shuffleboard game piece, or a billiards stick if you prefer. The Nugget, at 2617 N. First Ave., opened in 1965. Here's what the Star wrote about it in 2004: "There are many words of wisdom at the Golden Nugget Tave…

October 28, 2014 6:27 pm
Che's Lounge

Che's Lounge

Che's Lounge, at 350 N. Fourth Ave., is where bands like Chicha Dust play to make their names and where "college students join local scenesters," the Star has written. Che's bills itself as having the best grooves in town. 

October 28, 2014 6:25 pm
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa won its four diamonds for the ninth year in a row when AAA made the announcements Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 2:43 pm
The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa

The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa

The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise, 

October 28, 2014 2:21 pm
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa received its sixth straight four-diamond rating from AAA on Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 2:14 pm
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol

The Grill at Hacienda del Sol

The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol earned a four-diamond restaurant rating for the fourth year in a row from AAA.

October 28, 2014 2:08 pm
Hilton El Conquistador

Hilton El Conquistador

The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort in Oro Valley won a four-diamond AAA rating for the 31st year in a row when the 2015 awards were announced Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 2:00 pm
Core Kitchen & Wine Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Core Kitchen & Wine Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Core Kitchen & Wine Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana received its fourth four-diamond rating from AAA.

October 28, 2014 2:00 pm
Gold at Westward Look Wyndham Resort and Spa

Gold at Westward Look Wyndham Resort and Spa

Gold restaurant at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa was honored with AAA's four diamonds for the 21st year.

October 28, 2014 1:55 pm
Primo at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Primo at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Primo at Marriott Starr Pass is an AAA four-diamond restaurant winner for the 10th time.

October 28, 2014 1:57 pm
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon

The Lodge at Ventana Canyon

For the 19th year, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon won a four-diamond rating from AAA.

October 28, 2014 1:52 pm
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa won its four diamonds for the ninth year in a row when AAA made the announcements Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 1:48 pm
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana is a four-diamond resort for the fifth year in AAA's ratings.

October 28, 2014 1:49 pm
The Arizona Inn

The Arizona Inn

The Arizona Inn won four diamonds for the 11th straight year when AAA's awards were announced Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 1:47 pm
Hilton El Conquistador Gold & Tennis Resort

Hilton El Conquistador Gold & Tennis Resort

The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort in Oro Valley won a four-diamond AAA rating for the 31st straight year when the 2015 awards were announced Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 1:41 pm
Elliot Glicksmans

Elliot Glicksmans

Photo from 2004: Elliot Glicksman, cq, Elliot Glilcksman, a Tucson attorney who also performs as a stand-up comic, is pictured with Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin characters that he has in his office. This is to go with a story on humor and laughter in lowering tension and promoting he…

October 23, 2014 4:39 pm
Tales from the Morgue: Jet crashes in Tucson

Tales from the Morgue: Jet crashes in Tucson

Crash-bound over campus — The broken line shows the path across the University of Arizona campus that the jet fighter took before crashing on Highland Avenue.

October 21, 2014 2:05 pm
Tales from the Morgue: Jet crashes in Tucson

Tales from the Morgue: Jet crashes in Tucson

Flight path — The dark line follows the path of the jet as it headed toward the Air Force base. The letter A shows about where the plane developed engine trouble. B is where it crashed, and C is where it was supposed to land.

October 21, 2014 2:03 pm
Aerial of University of Arizona

Aerial of University of Arizona

Aerial view University of Arizona, Bear Down building and field. Taken at 9:55 am. February 14, 1929.

October 15, 2014 3:22 pm
1929 Aerials of Tucson

1929 Aerials of Tucson

The Tucson Golf and Country Club was located on East Broadway Boulevard and North Country Club. It had a gravel course, no grass, with greens made with oiled sand. On February 14, 1929 an unknown photographer and or pilot took aerial pictures of the Tucson area with the first known photograp…

October 14, 2014 3:40 pm
1929 Aerials of Tucson

1929 Aerials of Tucson

The campus of the University of Arizona with the football field directly west of Bear Down gym. On February 14, 1929 an unknown photographer and or pilot took aerial pictures of the Tucson area with the first known photograph taken around 9:50 am and the last around 11:40 am. Take note of th…

October 14, 2014 3:40 pm
1929 Aerials of Tucson

1929 Aerials of Tucson

From this view, Hi Corbett Field, bottom, can be seen with the newly developed Colonia Solana and El Encanto Estates to the north. To the east of El Encanto is the El Conquistador Hotel and its water tower across the street. To the west on the edge of the photo is the Tucson Golf and Country…

October 14, 2014 3:40 pm
1929 Aerials of Tucson

1929 Aerials of Tucson

In 1922 the University of Arizona Polo Team was created as part of the ROTC program. It was the first UA athletic team to be invited to a national championship in 1924 but lost to Princeton. The field, which was located north of East Speedway and west of North Campbell Avenue, made way for t…

October 14, 2014 3:40 pm
1929 Aerials of Tucson

1929 Aerials of Tucson

The eastern edge of the University of Arizona clearly shows Bear Down Gym, middle, and the tree-encircled Steward Observatory, right. On February 14, 1929 an unknown photographer and or pilot took aerial pictures of the Tucson area with the first known photograph taken around 9:50 am and the…

October 14, 2014 3:40 pm
1929 Aerials of Tucson

1929 Aerials of Tucson

At one time the once-gracious El Conquistador Hotel offered 70-rooms with private baths, lawns in the front and back, palm trees, 350 varieties of roses all for $9 a day for a single, meals included. Years after the photo was taken a stable with 50 horses was added along with a pool, tennis …

October 14, 2014 3:40 pm
1929 Aerials of Tucson

1929 Aerials of Tucson

The brand new VA Hospital, which opened on August 18, 1928, was built on 117 acres of donated land along South Sixth Avenue north of Ajo Way. It was meant to house World War I veterans suffering from tuberculosis. The architect, Roy Place, had also designed the Pima County Courthouse. And ye…

October 14, 2014 3:40 pm
17 timecapsule

17 timecapsule

Assistant Head Coach Moe Ankney shares a light moment with participants at the UA's football camp, June 17, 1982. Arizona Daily Star file photo by Jack Sheaffer file # 27522

October 04, 2014 6:29 pm
Motoring

Motoring

October 02, 2014 9:46 pm
The Abbey

The Abbey

Three months after taking over the restaurant she helped launch four years ago, owner Sandy Ford on Wednesday closed The Abbey. 

October 01, 2014 3:21 pm
Where to get your pet blessed this weekend

Where to get your pet blessed this weekend

In this 2008 file photo, Aldo awaits a blessing at  St. Rita in the Desert, 13260 E. Colossal Cave Rd.

October 01, 2014 1:05 pm
Golder Lake and dam 1963-1980

Golder Lake and dam 1963-1980

A water skiier on Golder Lake near the dam in the 1960s. At the time, Lloyd III Golder, who developed the lake, said he expected the water level to hit a depth of 105 feet and wanted to stock it with catfish and bass. It expected it to be a 260-acre recreational lake that cost more than $1 million.

September 24, 2014 5:04 pm
Golder Lake and dam 1963-1980

Golder Lake and dam 1963-1980

Excavation for the construction of Golder Dam in September, 1963. Lloyd Golder III who developed Golder Lake, said he expected the water level to hit a depth of 105 feet and wanted to stock it with catfish and bass. It expected it to be a 260-acre recreational lake that cost more than $1 mil…

September 24, 2014 5:04 pm
Biz awards - Beads of Courage

Biz awards - Beads of Courage

Gov. Jan Brewer has issued a proclamation congratulating Beads of Courage, Inc., a Tucson-based nonprofit, for outstanding contributions to children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them.Beads of Courage provides arts-in-medicine programs…

September 23, 2014 6:07 pm
luppino.jpg

luppino.jpg

Art Luppino, UA football halfback 1956. Daily Star file

September 22, 2014 11:38 pm
Calvin Baker

Calvin Baker

Calvin Baker, superintendent of the Vail School District.

September 22, 2014 11:01 am
Rain puts harvest on hold

Rain puts harvest on hold

This week’s rain will have less impact on the state’s wineries because most had finished the harvest.

September 17, 2014 11:00 am
Ensuring the right fit

Ensuring the right fit

A family learns how to install a child seat properly with the help of trained technicians.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am
TEP wants OK to put free solar on homes

TEP wants OK to put free solar on homes

Solar Panels at the TEP Solar Test Yard Thursday, November 4, 2010. Photo by Jill Torrance/Arizona Daily Star

September 12, 2014 10:29 am
Richard Harvey Chambers

Richard Harvey Chambers

Undated file photo of Richard Harvey Chambers.

September 09, 2014 5:23 pm

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