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Ring's Reflections: Postcards are a trip through time

Ring's Reflections: Postcards are a trip through time

Postcards have existed since the mid-1800s.

August 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: Ceremony makes him 'button-popping proud'

Ring's Reflections: Ceremony makes him 'button-popping proud'

Ring's Reflections: Son is now in charge of the USS Nimitz.

August 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: The ultimate thriller/courtroom drama book series

Ring's Reflections: The ultimate thriller/courtroom drama book series

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.

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Ring's Reflections: The 'Five C's' impact on today's Arizona economy

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.

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Ring's Reflections: Climate spawned tourism industry in Arizona

Ring's Reflections: Climate spawned tourism industry in Arizona

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.

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Ring's Reflections: Once a major growth industry, citrus' future is uncertain here

Ring's Reflections: Once a major growth industry, citrus' future is uncertain here

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.

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Ring's Reflections: Cotton still thrives in Arizona

Ring's Reflections: Cotton still thrives in Arizona

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…

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Ring's Reflections: Cattle ranching had its perils, successes

Ring's Reflections: Cattle ranching had its perils, successes

According to a recent genetic study, cattle were domesticated from wild ox in the Near East about 10,500 years ago. Christopher Columbus brought the first cattle to the New World in 1493, and other Spanish explorers brought cattle to Mexico about the time Cortez captured Mexico City in 1521.

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Ring's Reflections: Copper remains a huge economic factor in Arizona

Ring's Reflections: Copper remains a huge economic factor in Arizona

It seems like mining has always been big in Arizona. In 1736 the discovery of silver just below the current border with Mexico drew prospective Spanish miners northward into Southern Arizona. After Arizona became a U.S. territory, gold was found near Yuma in 1858 and in 1863 in the Bradshaw …

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Ring's Reflections: Five C's are integral to Arizona's history

Ring's Reflections: Five C's are integral to Arizona's history

Do you know Arizona’s traditional five C’s? I’m talking about the most important elements of Arizona’s economy during the state’s development from a U.S. territory through statehood and well into the 20th century.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: License plates started small, now number many

Ring's Reflections: License plates started small, now number many

Have you ever played the license plate game? You know, where you see how many of the 50 different U.S. state license plates you can spot? Here’s a new game, even more challenging: spotting different Arizona license plates.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: UA sports leaders made strides here

Ring's Reflections: UA sports leaders made strides here

Tucson’s movers and shakers in sports include a University of Arizona athletic director and coaches for basketball, swimming and softball.

February 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: Pioneers in medicine, science have brought international acclaim to Tucson

Ring's Reflections: Pioneers in medicine, science have brought international acclaim to Tucson

Tucson’s movers and shakers in science and medicine include an archaeologist, a planetary scientist, a heart transplant surgeon and a pioneer in integrative medicine.

January 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: These four people influenced art, architecture here

Ring's Reflections: These four people influenced art, architecture here

Movers and shakers in arts and entertainment in Tucson include an architect, an artist, an author-historian and a singer.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Politicians who helped shape Tucson, the state and the country

Politicians who helped shape Tucson, the state and the country

This is the second in a five-part series on the 20th century’s most influential movers and shakers in Tucson, according to author and historian Bob Ring.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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These 'movers and shakers' helped Tucson grow into the city it is today

These 'movers and shakers' helped Tucson grow into the city it is today

This is the first in a five-part occasional series on the 20th century’s most influential movers and shakers in Tucson, according to author and historian Bob Ring. This week features people in business. Later parts will cover politics, arts and entertainment, science and medicine, and sports.

January 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: Colorado trip was picture-perfect for photo group

Ring's Reflections: Colorado trip was picture-perfect for photo group

In mid-September Pat and I spent a week in southwestern Colorado searching for gold – not the precious metal, but the golden colors of millions of aspen trees. We were participants in an Arizona Highways photo workshop, learning how to take better photos from nature photographer Jim Steinberg.

October 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: Taos is a refreshing break from toasty Tucson

Ring's Reflections: Taos is a refreshing break from toasty Tucson

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.

September 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Different boundaries would have made Arizona a very different place

Different boundaries would have made Arizona a very different place

Last week I wrote about how Arizona was created out of the western half of the New Mexico Territory in 1863. This time let’s consider how things would be different today if Arizona had been fashioned out of the southern half of the New Mexico Territory, as proposed many times in the 1850s an…

August 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: How Arizona got its shape

Ring's Reflections: How Arizona got its shape

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on how Arizona got its shape.

August 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Jewish influence strong in Tucson

Ring's reflections: Jewish influence strong in Tucson

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.

August 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Tucson's Anglo pioneers lured by opportunities in business, ranching

Ring's reflections: Tucson's Anglo pioneers lured by opportunities in business, ranching

Before the Gadsden Purchase brought Tucson into U.S. territory - it was approved by Congress in 1854 - the only Anglo-Americans in Tucson were transients, beaver trappers, military personnel from the Mormon Battalion, argonauts on their way to the California Gold Rush and government surveyor…

July 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: First founders: Los Tucsonenses

Ring's reflections: First founders: Los Tucsonenses

Tucson's first non-native permanent residents were Spanish soldiers and Franciscan missionaries who moved into the new Tucson presidio in the fall of 1776. After a decade of almost continuous fighting against fierce nomadic Apaches, peace was established under a new Spanish policy that encou…

July 18, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Havasupai trip finally fulfills lifetime dream

Ring's reflections: Havasupai trip finally fulfills lifetime dream

Editor's note: Bob Ring's "better half," Pat Wood, fills in this week with a column about her recent "trip of a lifetime."

July 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

I'd like to correct a mistake I made in the final column in my six-part series on Tucson history (April 18, 2013), in which I said that during World War II Consolidated Vultee Aircraft built three large hangars at Marana Air Base. Three astute readers contacted me, telling me that the hangar…

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Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

I'd like to correct a mistake I made in the final column in my six-part series on Tucson history (April 18, 2013), in which I said that during World War II Consolidated Vultee Aircraft built three large hangars at Marana Air Base. Three astute readers contacted me, telling me that the hangar…

June 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: Richness of San Pedro area includes 2 prehistoric sites

Ring's Reflections: Richness of San Pedro area includes 2 prehistoric sites

One evening last month, Pat and I found ourselves at the dinner table at a bed and breakfast right in the middle of Cochise County's bird-watching paradise.

May 30, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Spanish influence reaches north

Ring's reflections: Spanish influence reaches north

1694 to 1775

March 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: New picture emerges of Hohokam culture

Ring's reflections: New picture emerges of Hohokam culture

A.D. 450 to A.D. 1694

March 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: This was another place in 9000 BC

Ring's reflections: This was another place in 9000 BC

In the beginning ...

March 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Trip reveals S. American wonders

Ring's reflections: Trip reveals S. American wonders

Earlier this month, Pat and I returned from our trip of a lifetime - a two-week visit to South America, including highlights of Chile, Argentina and Brazil. We were on Tauck's Essence of South America tour with 30 other travelers from across the U.S., two from Canada, and one each from the U…

February 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Weavers, spinners pulling together big show

Ring's reflections: Weavers, spinners pulling together big show

Two years ago at this time I was counting teapots and tea cozies for Pat, my better half, who was helping her weaving buddies get ready for their biennial fashion show and luncheon.

January 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Photo skills soar with pro's help

As part of my never-ending quest to improve my skills in writing this column (usually with accompanying photographs), Pat and I recently completed a two-day Arizona Highways photography workshop.

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Ring's reflections: Photo skills soar with pro's help

Ring's reflections: Photo skills soar with pro's help

As part of my never-ending quest to improve my skills in writing this column (usually with accompanying photographs), Pat and I recently completed a two-day Arizona Highways photography workshop.

December 27, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Quirky building is an enduring club

Ring's reflections: Quirky building is an enduring club

Did you ever wonder about that odd-shaped building - the one that looks like an old drive-in food establishment - near the northeast corner of North Main Avenue and West Speedway?

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Ring's reflections: Bad penmanship causes good deal of IRS problems

How can poor penmanship get you into trouble with the Internal Revenue Service?

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Ring's reflections: Tucson is 'Bicycle Town USA'

Ring's reflections: Tucson is 'Bicycle Town USA'

Tucson has been praised as a "Bicycle Paradise" and the "No. 1 Bike Town in the U.S." So I decided to do a little research on where bicycles came from and what Tucson has to offer.

November 15, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Tucson Fire Dept.'s history can be found on new site

Tucson Fire Dept.'s history can be found on new site

A fantastic new treasure - the history of the Tucson Fire Department - is now available online.

November 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: A 'fantastic week' in Flagstaff

Ring's reflections: A 'fantastic week' in Flagstaff

Pat and I spent a week in Flagstaff just before Labor Day to escape the summer heat. We invited Pat's son David and his girlfriend, Krista, to split a two-bedroom timeshare, just east of town.

October 11, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Water series continues with look at CAP, future issues

Ring's reflections: Water series continues with look at CAP, future issues

Last week in Part 1 of this series I wrote about what happened to Tucson's waterways and the subsequent mining of groundwater.

August 30, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Our area once had plentiful water

Ring's reflections: Our area once had plentiful water

For the last 3,000 years, Tucson's waterways - including rivers, streams and creeks - ran freely much of the time and were a reliable source of water for everyday use and irrigation farming.

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Ring's reflections: Primer on our mountains continues

Ring's reflections: Primer on our mountains continues

Last week I presented the first in a two-part primer of Tucson's fascinating and numerous mountain ranges. Here's the second part.

August 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Get to know mountains surrounding Old Pueblo

Ring's reflections: Get to know mountains surrounding Old Pueblo

I've looked at the mountains around Tucson for years in wonderment and awe, appreciating their beauty, but lately realized that I had some questions. How many mountain ranges are there? Where did they come from? So I put together a two-part primer to answer some of those questions.

August 09, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Boston vacation yields lots of fun, busy sites

Boston vacation yields lots of fun, busy sites

Honoring the name of this column, here are a few reflections from my recent trip with Pat to Boston.

July 26, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Stagecoaches fill need

Ring's reflections: Stagecoaches fill need

A couple weeks ago I wrote about overland stagecoach operations through Tucson. This week I'll tell the story of how Tucson stagecoach pioneers provided service to Southern Arizona mining areas and local settlements.

July 12, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Stagecoaches set stage for Tucson's growth

Ring's reflections: Stagecoaches set stage for Tucson's growth

If it weren't for stagecoaches, Tucson wouldn't have developed to be the town we see today.

June 28, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Research leaves columnist awash in Tucson history

Ring's reflections: Research leaves columnist awash in Tucson history

My last two columns told the story of two early 1900s Tucson communities that were successful because of reliable water in the Rillito River. I had so much fun researching and writing those columns - and spent so much time working on them - that I thought you might be interested in some of m…

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