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  2. Early Tucson | Arizona Historical Society

    Tucson actually began in 1776 as a small Spanish presidio, or walled fortress, a 750 feet square area, housing approximately 2 – 3 officers and 75 soldiers and their families. The square was surrounded by a 22 inch thick and 12 feet high protective wall.

  3. History of Tucson, Arizona - Wikipedia,_Arizona

    The history of Tucson, Arizona began thousands of years ago. Paleo-Indians practiced plant husbandry and hunted game in the Santa Cruz River Valley from 10,000 or earlier BCE. Archaic peoples began making irrigation canals, some of the first in North America, around 1,200 BCE.

  4. Tucson’s First 240 Years: A Graphic History of the Old Pueblo

    Arizona became a separate U.S. territory in 1863 and, after a contentious political process, finally gained statehood in 1912. 1880: The railroad arrives Tucson was the territory’s largest...

  5. Tucson History As Told By People Who Lived It

    Two years earlier, Tucson was briefly the western capital of the Confederate States of America. Throughout the recorded history of Tucson, people who lived here, and others who were just traveling through, occasionally recorded their impressions. These hardy pioneers left us with a way to peak into our past though a tiny knothole in time.

  6. History of Tucson -

    For a History of Tucson in the 18th and 19th centuries from the people who lived there, see our article on History of Tucson as Told by the People Who Lived It. 1861 Butterfield Overland Mail ceases operation due to the Civil War. U.S. soldiers are needed back east to defeat the rebels.

  7. Photos of what life was like in Tucson in the early 1950s

    Opening of the Tucson Inn in January, 1953. A little chilly to be poolside. Bernie Sedley / Tucson Citizen Tommy "Thunder" Bolt Tommy "Thunder" Bolt during the 1953 Tucson Open at Randolph,...

  8. An Early History of Tucson and the University | Through Our ...

    An Early History of Tucson and the University; A View to Campus in 1900; The Path From Town; Landlocked Ships on a Weed-Covered Sea; Louise Henriette Foucar; To Tucson for the School Year 1898-99; First Woman Professor at the University; A Home for All Seasons, 1901; Thomas Keith Marshall; The First UA Football Team 1899; Professor Foucar's New ...