Barry Goldwater was a U.S. senator in 1962 when he wrote a piece for the Tucson Citizen newspaper. See for yourself what Arizona's most famous native son said about growth, the desert, water and more. And read about where we might be in 50 years.

Barry Goldwater was a U.S. senator in 1962 when he wrote this piece for the Tucson Citizen newspaper. On this centennial day, see for yourself…

  • Greg Hansen Arizona Daily Star
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Since it turned 50 in 1962, Arizona has added NFL, NBA, NHL and major-league baseball franchises. It has played host to multiple Super Bowls, …

  • Bonnie Henry Special to The Arizona Daily Star
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I get a little cranky trying to predict what Arizona will be like 50 years from now, considering I will no longer be part of the scene. Face i…

  • Ernesto Portillo Jr. Arizona Daily Star
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Tucson, with its deep Mexican roots, will be more multicultural by 2062.

  • Josh Brodesky Arizona Daily Star
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To get a glimpse of our future in 2062, I turned to my friends on Facebook. This seemed fitting. Facebook was something no one could have pred…

  • David Modeer Special To The Arizona Daily Star
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Given what we've faced in the past decade in terms of drought, and adding the future uncertainty posed by climate change, it's safe to say tha…

  • Dave Richins Special To The Arizona Daily Star
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The date is February 2062. As we celebrate our sesquicentennial, many of Arizona's 11 million residents know that every time we turn on the fa…

  • John J. Pedicone Special To The Arizona Daily Star
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Arizona will be a remarkable example of the successful blending of diverse cultures - including the strength of our state's Hispanic heritage …

Leading up to Arizona's centennial today, we are reprinting a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

  • Marshall Trimble Special To The Arizona Daily Star
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To gain some insight into Arizona's future, we need to look back on the past. Who would have thunk it? The average life span of an American in…

  • John L. Strobeck Special To The Arizona Daily Star
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Houses have a life of well over 50 years, which means there will be a significant number of homes in existence today in 2062 as well. Living i…

  • Thomas Anderes Special To The Arizona Daily Star
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As I am asked to consider the future of higher education in Arizona, I can easily fall back on the insight of the perennial statesmen Barry Go…

We invited letter writers to peer into the future and tell us what our state will be like 50 years from now.