Southern Arizona's oldest businesses

clubs, churches, nonprofits included, too; how we assembled the list
2011-09-13T14:00:00Z 2014-06-04T11:24:09Z Southern Arizona's oldest businesses Arizona Daily Star
September 13, 2011 2:00 pm

We put a call out last spring for businesses and other organizations to tell us if they've been around these parts for 50 years or more.

Our cutoff date is Feb. 14, 1962, which was the 50th anniversary of Arizona statehood. The year we list is when the businesses established a physical presence in Southern Arizona. Many were founded earlier somewhere else in the country, but we're showing the year they first appeared here.

If a property started out as a mission outpost and eventually became a guest-ranch resort, we've gone with the year that its primary business became renting rooms to guests. By comparison, we've used the year 1897 for Sun Tran because it has always been in the business of public transportation, albeit one that has progressed from horse-drawn streetcars to buses since it opened under the name Tucson Street Railway.

It's likely that our list is incomplete because we relied on businesses and organizations to tell us their history. If your group didn't read our dozens of calls for entry, we're sorry.

Meanwhile, here's to the businesses, churches, schools, nonprofits and clubs that have succeeded, adapted, survived and thrived for 50 years or more.

We're proud to include the Star's name near the top of this list. Over our 134 years, we've gone from a daily to a weekly and back to a daily print edition. Today, we also deliver news to computer screens, cellphones and e-readers. At the core, we remain Southern Arizona's best source for local news and advertising.

- Bobbie Jo Buel, editor

Name Type Year Notable

Mission San Xavier del Bac Catholic church 1700 Fr. Eusebio Francisco Kino laid the foundations on April 28

Arizona Historical Society Historical cultural institution 1864 Created by the first territorial legislature

Tucson Unified School District K-12 public 1867 First teacher Augustus Brichta had 55 students in a rented adobe

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic church 1870 Current Florence church built in 1912

TucsonCitizen.com Community blogging site 1870 The print edition of the newspaper closed in 2009

San Xavier Reservation Native Americans 1874 Date of recognition by the U.S. government; Hohokam ancestors lived there many years earlier. Tohono O'odham Nation's main reservation recognized 1917.

Tucson Scottish Rite Masonic fraternity 1875 Its building on South Scott is on the National Register of Historic Places

Arizona Daily Star Newspaper 1877 First owner, Louis Hughes, became a territorial governor

Union Pacific Railroad Transportation 1877 Southern Pacific tracks crossed Colorado River at Yuma that year, made it to Tucson in 1880. SP merged with Union Pacific 1996.

Fort Huachuca Army 1877 Called a camp until 1882

Wells Fargo & Co. Financial services 1877 Opened offices that year in Tucson, Florence, Phoenix and Yuma

First United Methodist Church 1879 First met at Pima County's old adobe courthouse

Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital Hospital 1880 Arizona's first hospital, operated by Catholic nuns

Willcox Commercial Retail 1880 Once sold whiskey by the barrel. Now western clothes and footwear.

Jacobs Assay Office Assay 1880 Business is winding down as the owner retires

The Tombstone Epitaph Newspaper 1880 Headline declared "Earp Brothers Justified" after shootout near the OK Corral

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. Mining company 1881 Then Phelps Dodge, its first Ariz. mine was The Cooper Queen in Bisbee

Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church 1882 Rang its bells to celebrate statehood on Feb. 14, 1912

Pima County Public Library Library 1883 First location was inside city hall

Bayless and Berkalew Co. Cattle ranching & farming 1884 Founder Bayless left his original Cochise homestead after Apache attacks

The University of Arizona Education 1885 Two gamblers and a saloonkeeper donated the land

Tanque Verde Unified School District K-12 public 1885 Has four campuses and about 1,700 students

Bowie Unified School District No. 14 Public 1885 Town founder donated the land and railroad gave a portable building

Laguna Elementary School Public 1889 Part of Rillito, then Laguna and now Flowing Wells districts

Tucson Electric Power Utility 1892 Bought a plant from General Electric to generate its first electricity

Escalada's Inc. Retail - ranchers supplies 1892 Once a general store, wholesale grocer and liquor distributor

Arizona State Museum Anthropology museum 1893 State's official museum and repository for archaeological collections

Amphitheater Unified School District K-12 public 1893 First frame building constructed in 1903

Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church 1895 In early days, about 500 Catholics lived in Benson area

Ajo Unified School District K-12 public 1896 First operated in a tent house

Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson Church 1897 Included the entire state until 1939

Sun Tran Public transportation 1897 From horse-drawn to electric streetcars to, now, buses

Crescent Tobacco Shop and Newsstand, LLC Tobacconist and newsstand 1900 Fifteen owners over the years but always downtown

Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church 1900 Oldest African-American church in Arizona

Oracle Union Church 1901 Nondenominational Christian, often called the "Little Rock Church"

Copper Queen Hotel Hotel 1902 Originally owned by mining company

St. Elmo Bar Bar 1902 Bisbee bar sold soda and cigars during Prohibition

Trinity Presbyterian Church 1902 At North Fourth Avenue and East University Boulevard since 1925

Oracle Public Library Library 1903 All-volunteer effort

Vail Unified School District K-12 public 1903 First brick building cost $40,000 in 1961; approved by voters 31-4

Pima County Medical Society Membership organization 1904 Staffed for free the county hospital, 1935-61

Copper Basin Railway, Inc Shortline railroad 1904 In Hayden. Hauled everything from passengers to military tanks and copper, of course

Holy Angels Catholic Church 1905 Fr. Genervier, pastor for 32 years, died one morning while praying between baptisms

Tucson Realty & Trust Co. Real estate sales, leasing, 1907 Associated with Amos family since 1933 consulting, property management

First Christian Church 1907 A founder of Tucson's first orphanage, food bank, Habitat for Humanity houses

Citizens Transfer & Storage Co., Inc. Moving and storage 1907 Always transporting household goods, but once dirt and beer, too

The Tucson Cemetery Association Cemetery, crematory and funeral home 1907 Started as Evergreen cemetery

Gadsden Hotel Hotel, restaurant, tavern 1907 Calls itself Douglas' living room

Southern Arizona Auto Co. of Douglas GM car dealership 1908 Started in community of Courtland, then moved to Douglas

Tanque Verde Ranch Resort 1908 The working ranch was founded in 1868; started accepting guests in 1908

Tumacácori National Historical Park Mission church 1908 The unfinished church, San José de Tumacácori, was abandoned in 1848

Temple Emanu-El Synagogue 1910 First synagogue in Arizona, then on Stone Avenue

Garcia Cleaners Drycleaners 1910 Started as a tailor shop

Asarco LLC Primary copper producer 1910 First Arizona operations were in Hayden and Silver Bell district

Lovitt & Touché Inc Insurance brokerage 1911

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church 1911 First services held in jury room of federal court

Boy Scouts of America/ Catalina Council Nonprofit 1911 Established here just one year after national group

Westward Look Resort Resort 1912 Famous Coke ad from 1954 shows Santa in the resort's living room

Arizona's Children Association Child welfare, behavioral health, 1912 From residential care, trend is now for serving kids in their own homes early childhood and prevention

American Lung Association Nonprofit health 1912 Focus was on tuberculosis when national organization was founded in 1904 in Penn.

Ajo Unified School District K-12 public 1912

Posner's Art Store Art store 1913 First customers were sign painters

Law Office of Christopher Hitchcock Legal 1913 Late congressman James McNulty was once in the firm

YMCA of Southern Arizona Nonprofit 1914 Railroad paid for first building in exchange for city right of way

Carrillo's Tucson Mortuary Funeral service 1914 Start of pre-arrangement planning was significant change 30-plus years ago

El Club Verde Nonprofit, social 1914 Started in Metcalf as an ice cream social; now an annual dance for people with connections to the defunct town

Tucson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution Ancestral society 1915 Several members are in their 90s

Continental Elementary School District Public 1916 Opened for children of Intercontinental Rubber Co. employees

American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter Public charity 1916 Started here to aid American troops

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 1916 Located in Ajo

YWCA Tucson Nonprofit 1917 Started Tucson's first day-care center and domestic violence shelter

St. Luke's in the Desert Inc Low-income assisted living 1917 Founded as a sanitarium for poor men with tuberculosis

Holiday Mart Grocery 1918 Awarded Tucson's first Arizona Lottery license

SJV & Associates, LLC Land surveying, civil engineering 1918

Tucson International Airport Transportation/aviation 1919 Initially located at the rodeo grounds; first municipal airport in U.S.

Hotel Congress Hotel 1919 A fire in 1934 alerted police to the presence of John Dillinger in Tucson

Chicago Music Store Musical instruments, sound, lighting 1919 Founders & brothers Phil and Joe Levkowitz died within weeks in 2004

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Retail 1920 First Arizona store was in Nogales

Morgan McDermott Unit 7 American Legion Auxiliary Nonprofit women's patriotic 1920 Back in WWII, gave sandwiches to troops on passing trains

Southern Arizona VA Health Care System Hospital 1920 The pink campus we know today was built in 1928

Marana Unified School District K-12 public 1920 Called Postvale until 1939

Flying V Ranch Guest ranch 1921 Many guests stay all winter

Southern Trust Company Insurance agency 1921

El Charro Cafe restaurants 1922 Still sun-dries its carne seca on the roof

Shamrock Foods Company manufacturer 1922 Started with 20 cows and Model T delivery truck

Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism promotion 1922 Founded under the name Tucson Sunshine Climate Club

Ortegas Stores Inc Retail shoe store 1923 Survived Depression as Goodyear Shoe Shop thanks to repair business

Colossal Cave Mountain Park Park and attraction 1923 On National Register of Historic Places

Valley of the Moon Historic fairyland garden 1923 Founder George Phar Legler called himself the Mountain Gnome

Loretto Catholic School Elementary 1924 Douglas school is run by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Rancho De La Osa Guest Ranch Guest ranch 1924 A mission outpost, cattle ranch, then dude ranch starting Thanksgiving 1924

Bracker's LLC Retail clothing 1924 After WWI, sold Army surplus; now better-branded clothes

O'Rielly Chevrolet Chevrolet dealership 1924 The next year, Chevy replaced the leather clutch with one that didn't lurch when disengaged

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block Art museum 1924 Always downtown since founding as the Tucson Fine Arts Association

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo 1925 First parade gave prizes for fattest horse, biggest hat, most typical prospector

Long Companies Real estate, relocation, title insurance, 1926 Founder Roy H. Long came here to find good climate for his ailing wife mortgages, comprehensive insurance for individuals

Funeraria Del Angel Funeral home 1926 First named Arizona Mortuary

Temple of Music and Art Arts venue 1927 Started by Saturday Morning Music Club; now home to Arizona Theatre Co.

Everett J Jones Real Estate, Inc. Real estate 1928 It owns the historic theater that is its Douglas office

Monterey Water Co. Real estate development 1928 City bought out its water rights in 1960s

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Classical, pops concert performances 1928 First performed at Tucson High auditorium

Bring Funeral Homes Mortuary 1928 Second location on east side in '65 was turning point for the business

Sundt Companies Inc. Construction 1929 Founded in N.M. in 1890; first came here to build a church near the UA

Pyramid Federal Credit Union Credit union 1929 Created by postal employees

Arizona Inn Resort hotel 1930 Founder Isabella Greenway became Arizona's first congresswoman

Marshall Foundation Asset-based foundation 1930 Founded by UA professor and real estate investor Louise Foucar Marshall

Congregation Anshei Israel Synagogue 1930 Observes traditions while maintaining "spirit of adaptation" to modern world

Immaculate Heart School K-12 1930 Started downtown as school for girls

CTI Inc. Transportation 1930 Has 14 terminals in Ariz., N.M., Texas, Calif.

Goebel Interiors Commercial interior design 1931 Started as a small drapery workroom

Catalina Footills Unified School District No. 16 K-12 public 1931 First 9 students and teacher met in a garage

Cele Peterson's Women's boutique 1931 Says fashion is a way of life

Green Fields Country Day School K-12 private 1933 Until '60s, a boarding school for boys

Saguaro National Park Government 1933 A national monument until 1994 when it became a park

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 1933 Modeled after 1775 church built at foot of "A" Mtn. by Fr. Garces

Mint Cocktails Pub, cocktail lounge 1934 Some guests used to hitch their horses out front

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, Inc. Health and human services 1936 Established in Depression to provide food, clothing, counseling

Hal Empie Studio & Gallery Western art gallery 1934 He was a pharmacist, artist, cartoonist in Duncan and then Tubac

Buffet Bar & Crockpot Bar 1934 Shuffleboard is free; jukebox and pool table a quarter

Benedictine Monastery community of religious women 1935 The chapel is open all day, every day

Le Cave's Bakery 1935 Founder Basil Le Cave started making vegetable doughnuts from potato flour

Saint Rita in the Desert Roman Catholic Church 1935 Saint Rita of Cascia is "patroness of the impossible"

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Nonprofit 1935 National organization started in 1912

Lodge on the Desert Hotel and restaurant 1936 Always a resort except during WWII when it was apt. hotel for servicemen

Hadassah Southern Arizona Women's Zionist nonprofit 1936 National group founded in 1912 organization and social group

St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church 1936 Josias Joesler was its architect

Farmers Investment Co. (FICO)/Green Valley Peca Pecan farm & processor 1937 Grew cotton and other crops before planting pecans in 1965

Jewel Box Manufacturer 1937 Higher-quality jewelry repair and manufacturing

Zephyr Window Coverings Custom covering 1937 Started out fabricating and installing venetian blinds

The Shanty Cafe Inc. Bar 1937 A test market for international products in the United States

Patania's Jewelry designer-silver and gold 1937 Three generations of family have pieces in fine arts arm of the Smithsonian

Walgreen Co. Drugstore 1937 The Walgreen family opened first store in Chicago in 1901

Western National Parks Association Nonprofit 1938 Began at 18 parks in the Southwest and headquartered at Casa Grandes Ruins

Tucson Tallow Co., Inc. Grease, oil recycler 1938 Started in rendering for a slaughterhouse

Crane Machine & Pump Serv., Inc. Water well & pump installation/repair 1939 Founder William Crane worked until he was 85

Arizona State Cowbelles 1947 Professional organization 1939 Founded in Douglas, it expanded to 28 other states

Central Alarm Inc. Alarm and security services 1939

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Boys choir 1939 First performance on Dec. 24 featured 8 boys

Harlow Gardens Retail, custom residential landscape 1939 Located here because its Duluth business had limited growing season design and construction, maintenance

Broadway Village Retail center 1939 At Broadway & Country Club, Tucson's first "suburban" shopping center

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Military 1940 Refueling in Tucson occurred as far back as 1927; full military operations started 1940

Inglis Florists Flower shop 1940 At 2362 E. Broadway since 1949

R&A CPA's Certified public accounting 1942 A family in Nogales has been a client since the start

Tucson Medical Center Nonprofit community hospital 1943 Anna Erickson donated her former Desert Sanatorium property for the hospital

Humane Society of Southern Arizona Nonprofit 1944 Added low-cost spay/neuter clinic in 1974

Amphitheater Bible Church Church 1944 Emerged from Amphitheater Union Sunday School, which started in 1919

Tucson Greyhound Park Inc. Greyhound racetrack 1944 One of two live greyhound tracks west of Mississippi

Willcox Rock & Sand Inc. Concrete/aggregate 1945 Opened with a single dump truck

Musselman Honda Center LLC Motorcycle and generator sales, 1945 First Honda dealer in Arizona parts and service

Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc. Electric utility 1945 Formed by Avra Valley farmers

Benjamin Supply Kitchen, bathroom, plumbing supply 1945 Located in the old Tucson Warehouse and Transfer building downtown

Perri Jewelers Retail jewelry/jewelry & watch repair 1945 Started by a watchmaker; they still repair mechanical wind-up watches

Accenture Match Play Championship Golf tournament 1945 Started at El Rio as the Tucson Open; first prize was $1,000

Kalil Bottling Co. Manufacturing and distribution 1946 Has expanded to Phoenix, Flagstaff, El Paso

Fruchthendler & Company Insurance broker 1946 Founder Jacob is namesake of a TUSD elementary school

Ramsower's Garage Automotive repair 1946

St. Ambrose Catholic Church 1946 Added its school in 1950

El Parador Tucson Mexican food restaurant 1946 Also sells its fresh salsas in store

Arizona Jewish Post Newspaper 1946 The word "Jewish" was not part of the original name

Club 21 Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Mexican food 1946 Operated by same family at same location for 65 years

Tucson Nursery School and Child Care Centers Inc. Preschool and child care 1946 Still serving low-income, at-risk families in south/central Tucson

Arizona Daily Star Sportsmen's Fund Nonprofit 1947 Has sent more than 35,000 kids to overnight camp

Square & Compass Children's Clinic Facility, support for special-needs children 1947 Created to treat kids with polio; now has 37 specialties

McGhee Insurance Independent agency 1947 Harold McGhee came here in '46 after discharge from Navy in WWII

Tucson Country Club Private country club 1947 Always owned by its stockholding members

Casa Molina Del Norte Restaurants Mexican food 1947 Always the same recipes

CAID Industries Metal manufacturing and design 1947 Works with mining, solar, military and other industries

Gospel Supplies Christian bookstore 1947 Founder Pearl Goodwin first sold bibles from front porch of her UA-area home

Jeri's Uniforms Retail sales 1947 Also does alteration and monogramming

Garrett Motors Car dealership 1947 Located in Coolidge

Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church 1948 Member of Concordia Lutheran Conference

St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church 1948 Served by the Carmelite Order

Bay Horse Tavern Food/beverage retail 1948 Hangout for UA students, and now their grown children and grandchildren

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Presenting music concerts 1948 Has commissioned almost 50 new works since 1997

Grant Road Lumber Co. Inc. Sale of lumber & building materials 1948 Purchase of a forklift in 1957 was a big deal

Arizona Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross Nonprofit blood bank 1948

Tucson Community School Nonprofit cooperative 1948 N.M. Sen. Tom Udall is an alum

Antech Corp. Construction/manufacturing 1949 Starting electric gate and access control division in 1984 was significant

CalPortland Company Cement manufacturer 1949 Operates out of Rillito

Wilford Construction Company Gen. bldg. cont. & material supply 1949 Each economic downturn was turning point, prompting co. to change/add services

Catalina Pet Hospital Veterinary 1949 Huge changes over the years in diagnostics and therapeutics

Lebo's Radiator Service Auto repair 1950 Added air conditioning service in 1974

Salpointe Catholic High School Education 1950 About 15,000 alums

Albert's AutoCare Center LLC Auto repair & maintenance 1950 Once sold full-service gas

Pima County School Retirees' Association Retired professional 1950 Created to increase teacher retirement pay, then $50 month plus $1 for each yr. service

Jack's Original bbq Barbecue restaurant 1950 Says "Don't fool with what works"

House'n Garden Furniture Patio furniture, gifts and accessories 1951 Started out selling redwood picnic tables, aluminum stack chairs

Pima Federal Credit Union Credit union 1951 Operated for many years out of the founder's home

Raytheon Missile Systems Military contractor 1951 Howard Hughes built the plant; Raytheon acquired it in 1997

A-1 TV Service Television repair 1952 Rented TVs when they first came out because they were expensive to own

Dairy Queen #1 Soft-serve treats 1952 Phyllis L. Curry Hungate has been owner since October 1952

Chumbler's Realty Inc. Real estate 1952

Bud's Drapery Den Inc. Wholesale window covering mfg 1952

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Attraction 1952 Opened on Labor Day as Arizona Desert Trailside Museum

Bahti Indian Arts Retail Indian Art 1952 Founder Tom and son Mark also writers on Southwest Indian arts, crafts

Zulas Restaurant Restaurant 1952 Zula burger and hot apple pie with cinnamon sauce are its signatures

Hughes Federal Credit Union Credit union 1952 Created by employees of Hughes Aircraft Co.

Arizona Lithographers Commercial printing 1952 Hybrid printer with both conventional and digital services

Wiese Painting Contractors Inc. Painting and wallcovering 1952 Products are better, it says, but art of application is unchanged

Udall Law Firm, LLP Law 1952 Senior partner D.B. Udall joined in 1954

Alice Rae Shop Bras, foundations and 1952 Primarily sold corsets at first post-mastectomy products

Sam Levitz Furniture Company Furniture retail 1953 Invented the warehouse sale concept in 1956

Sun Lighting Retail fixtures, lighting and home decor 1953 Also sells fans, art, electric fireplaces, glass basins

Lucky Wishbone Quickserve and carryout 1953 Steak fingers were added to menu in 1957

Thomas Home Furnishings Retail store, furniture and appliance 1953 Douglas business has grown from 800 to 30,000 square feet

Dee's Shoes Retail 1953 Once made foot casts so custom shoes could be made for people with medical problems

KCEE Radio Radio station 1953 Only locally owned broadcast group left in Tucson

KOLD-TV Television 1953 Once owned by country singer Gene Autry

Hirsh's Shoes Shoe store 1954 Says it is dedicated to saving soles

Mammoth Assembly of God Church 1954 Started with 7 parishoners meeting in a home

San Xavier Chapter, International Association Professional association 1954 First named Professional Secretaries Association of Administrative Professionals

Lucky Strike Bowl Bowling 1954

Arizona Auto Refrigeration Automotive service 1954

Rollings Corp. Property management 1954 In 1970 began to focus on preservation of adobes downtown

Truly Nolen of America, Inc. Pest & termite control 1955 Truly W. started in Fla. in 1938 and son Truly D. here in 1955

Southern Arizona Communications Credit Union Credit union 1955 Created by newspaper employees

Tuller Trophy and Awards Retail trophies, plaques, etc. 1955 Used to work in metal and walnut; now everything from crystal to granite

Ray Water Company Water utility 1955 Initially shared downtown location with Ray's Fur Shop

W.C. Cox and Company International probate research 1955 Started in Chicago in 1913

Western Technologies Inc. Engineering, consulting, 1955 Pioneered soil tests and evaluation procedures for arid conditions testing, inspection

Vantage West Credit Union Credit union 1955 Started as D.M.A.F.B. Federal Credit Union

Adair Funeral Home Funeral and cremation services 1956 Martha Adair, along with her children, founded Tucson's first widow-to-widow program

Lawyer Referral Service of the Pima County Attorney referral service 1956 $35 referral fee includes attorney consultation of up to 30 minutes Bar Association (PCBA)

Griswold Realty Real estate 1956

Jimmy's Broadway Automotive Service Auto repair 1956 Sold $1.25 worth of gas on opening day

Reproductions Inc. Reprographics, printing 1956 Employee-owned since 1997

KGUN 9 Television station 1956 Call letters chosen to represent the Wild West

Christie's Appliance Major appliance retail 1956 First called Christie's Wallace Appliances; now in three locations

162nd Fighter Wing Arizona Air National Guard 1956 Has trained 7,000 pilots from dozens of countries

Mills-Touché Retail clothing 1956 First sold "Ivy League" men's furnishings and clothing

Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally PLC Law firm 1957 Helped establish that mfg. has duty to warn about a product's dangers

Cash Box Jewelry and Pawn Co. Retail jewelry and pawn company 1957 Has sold sporting goods, firearms, video rentals; focus now on jewelry

Mesch Clark & Rothschild Law firm 1957 Has grown from three to 14 shareholders

MHC Healthcare Community health center 1957 Initial one-room clinic served immigrant farmworkers

St. Mark's United Methodist Church 1957 Met in an empty turkey barn in the beginning

Kristine L. Gomez DDS PC Dental office 1957 Current owner started working at dad's dental office when she was 13

Mark & Larry's Auto Service Gasoline service station 1958 Washed cars from the start, a novelty back then

Aircool Cooler pad manufacturer 1958 Makes pads big enough for greenhouses, warehouses, even chicken coops

Silverbell Nursery Plants 1959 Says edible plants are popular these days

Chez Josef Hair Salon Beauty salon 1959 Invented tools for hair coloring and blow styling

Valley Animal Hospital Veterinary 1959 Cares for service dogs and zoo animals, too

Cactus Bowl Bowling 1959 School bowling programs, birthdays were turning points for the business

Industrial Chemical of Arizona Janitorial Supply 1959 Still has its original Tucson business license

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa Resort 1959 Bing Crosby was first chairman of the board

Assistance League of Tucson Nonprofit 1959 Once provided homemaker service to help maintain a home during illness or other time of need

Postcraft Company Manufacturing 1959 Started in Cleveland in 1929

Furniture Distributors Inc. Retail and commercial 1959 Originally sold furniture and carpet flooring and installation

Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care Tires, brakes, auto repair 1960 Transition from bias to radial tires was a significant change

The Arc of Tucson Nonprofit 1960 Support and advocacy for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities

St. Paul's United Methodist Church 1960 First met at Corbett and Fickett schools

Christine's Antiques Antiques 1960 Also operates Elegant Junque Shop next door

La Fuente Restaurant Mexican food 1960 Liz Taylor, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra ate there

Stewart Title & Trust of Tucson Title insurance, escrow, trust services 1960 Once owned by Phoenix Trust Co.

Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital Hospital 1961 First idea was to call it St. Mary's East

Saguaro Christian Church 1961 Says it is a "place to call home"

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 1961 Since 1990s also includes Iglesia Luterana Santa Trinidad

Quebedeaux Buick GMC Automobile dealership 1961 Featured vehicle at opening was a Pontiac Tempest at $2,390, plus tax and license

Omni Tucson National Resort Resort, golf & spa 1961 Hosted Tucson Open from 1965 until 2006

E-Konomy Pool Service Swimming pool service and supply 1961

Sparkle Cleaners Inc Drycleaning and laundry 1961

Literacy Volunteers of Tucson Nonprofit 1961 Started to help people learn English; mission expanded from there

Southern Arizona Mental Health Corporation Behavioral health crisis center 1961 A state agency until 1996; now private and nonprofit

Silverman Insurance Personal and commercial insurance 1961 A member of Farmers Insurance

Women's Council of Realtors Tucson Chapter Professional organization 1961

Famous Pats Chili dogs Fast food 1961 Located in Barrio Hollywood; fresh chili and fries are its signatures

Carson Concrete Specialists Inc. Concrete construction 1961 Started out doing thousands of pool decks

Mountain Avenue Church of Christ Church 1961 Part of Hedrick Acres neighborhood assn. and neighbors-helping-seniors program

Arizona Electric Power Co-op Nonprofit 1961 Formed by 4 distribution co-ops serving rural S. Ariz. and Marana

Skyline Country Club Country club 1962 Planned to include a casino, but Legislature wouldn't approve

Ace Hardware Hardware stores 1962 Findysz family started in hardware in Chicago in 1912; own 5 stores here

American Society of Civil Engineers, Arizona Section Professional organization 1962 National group started 1852

Miles Label Company Inc. Custom labels- printing 1962 Established by Miles family in 1912

Hank Brandt Associates Inc. Advertising / PR 1962 Started in New York in 1958

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