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"The Old Pueblo"

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Weather & Climate


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

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Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts


on Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona in a desert valley, surrounded by mountains. Nearby communities include South Tucson, Drexel-Alvernon, Catalina Foothills, Littletown, Flowing Wells, Drexel Heights, Summit and Casas Adobes.
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a desert area surrounded by mountains - the Santa Catalina Mountains to the north, the Rincon Mountains to the east, the Tucson Mountains to the west and the Santa Rita and Sierrita Mountains to the south, Tucson is a desert valley. Though it is a desert, it has much natural growth and is not just sand. There are cacti which bloom from April until the end of May and natural trees include the Cottonwood, Mesquite and Palo Verde.
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superb!! It is warm and sunny during most of the year and the air is very dry, with a low relative humidity. Though daytime summer temperatures are high, the temperature drops when the sun goes down. The evenings are cool and comfortable.
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History & History Related Items

The Tucson area was inhabited as far back as 12,000 years ago. The Indian name for the little town was "stjukshon, which is pronounced like Tucson. The loose translation of the word is "springs at the foot of the black hill," which is probably referring to the springs along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The San Xavier Mission was established here in 1700 by a Spanish Jesuit Priest, Eusebio Francisco Kino. This settlement was actually at a nearby village named Bac. Many ranchers came which forced the Apaches out of their homes. This resulted in many Indian raids on the settlement causing the people to withdraw to a mission near Tubac. In 1776 a new presidio was built and the people all came to Tucson to live.

In 1821, Mexico took over possession of the area from Spain. During the Mexican War in 1846, a commander of the Mormon Battalion raised a US flag over the settlement. The road the battalion built was a major road for travelers to and from California. After much dispute over the corridor and the rights to the area, the Gadsden Purchase in 1854 established southern Arizona and Tucson with the rest of the Arizona Territory. In 1857, the area became a stage stop for the Overland Stage lines between San Diego and San Antonio. This was a well-used route by travelers. Tucson became a major supply center during the civil war both for soldiers and for miners.

From 1867 to 1877, Tucson was the Arizona Territorial Capital. It gained further status with the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880 and the founding of the University of Arizona in 1885. It was Arizona's largest city until 1920 when Phoenix surpassed Tucson's numbers. During the 1950's, Tucson began to be a major tourist center. The "Old Pueblo" area was restored and is visited by many each year.

Here is a history page for Tucson.
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The founding of Tucson



Attractions in Tucson.
Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau
130 S. Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701

Pima County official attractions site.

Tucson Convention Center
260 South Church
Tucson, Arizona
Phone: (520) 791-4101

Kitt Peak National Observatory
We are located 56 miles southwest of Tucson, AZ, via State Route 86 on the Tohono O'odham Reservation.
950 North Cherry Avenue
P.O. Box 26732
Tucson, Arizona 85726
Phone: (520) 318-8000
Fax: (520) 318-8360
For more information about tours, call us at 520-318-8726.

Saguaro National Park in Tucson

Old Tucson Studios
201 S. Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85735
Phone: 520.883.0100

Mission San Xavier del Bac
This Spanish mission is located on the Tohono O'odham Reservatoin about ten miles south. It was founded in 1700 though the buildings here date from about 1785. A prominent annual event is the San Xavier Festival held each year around Easter.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone: 520-883-2702
Open 365 days a year!
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Tucson City Government

City of Tucson home page.

City Hall
255 West Alameda
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4204
Fax: (520) 791-5198

Tucson has an appointed City Manager, an elected Mayor and 6 elected City Council members

Tucson Chamber

Tucson Chamber of Commerce
465 W. St. Mary's Road
P.O. Box 991
Tucson, AZ 85702
Main Office: (520) 792-1212
Fax: (520) 882-5704

Tucson Community Events

February each year
Tucson Gem and Mineral Show for over 50 years.

Tucson Organizations

Tucson Chamber of Commerce
465 W. St. Mary's Road
P.O. Box 991
Tucson, AZ 85702
Main Office: (520) 792-1212
Fax: (520) 882-5704

Tucson Libraries

Tucson-Pima Library System
P.O. Box 27470
Tucson, AZ 85726-7470
Phone: 520-791-4391

Tucson Schools

Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind
1200 W. Speedway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85745
Phone: 520-770-3701
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 85000
Tucson, AZ 85754


Apollo College offers certificate and degree programs ranging from four months to two years of study.
The college has 6 locations: North Phoenix, West Phoenix, Mesa, Tuscon (all in Arizona). Additional facilities are located in Portland, Oregon and Spokane, Washington.
Tucson, Arizona location:
Tucson Campus
3870 North Oracle Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85705
Phone: (520) 888-5885

The University of Phoenix

Pima Community College
Phone: (520) 206-4500

The University of Arizona at Tucson
Tucson, AZ 85721
Campus Operator: (520) 621-2211 Tucson


The population of Tucson was:
1980 - 330,537
1990 - 405,390
1997 - 455,085
2000 - 486,699Most of the area's rain falls during summer thunderstorms.
There are an average of 3800 hours of sunshine per year!
The Median age in Tucson is 32.5 years.

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