Tucson is the oldest continuously inhabited city
in the United States
The old military plaza in Tucson in the eary 1900's.
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Southern Arizona Legends
Tucson's other early mission- Mission Santa Catalina de Cuitakbagu. Somewhere near the the Cañada del Oro, north of Tucson, Arizona, there may have neem another early Jesuit mission called the “Mission of Santa Catalina.” There is a legend of a lost mission in the Santa Catalina mountains that was destroyed by Apache Indians. An article from 1880 in the Arizona Weekly Star describes "gold mines were situated in these mountains and there was a place called Nueva Mia Ciudad, having a monster church with a number of golden bells that used to summon the laborers from the fields and mines, and a short distance from the the city which was situated on a plateau, was a mountain that had a mine of such fabulous richness that the miners used to cut the gold out with a 'hatchta.'
The Mine with the Iron Door is the legend of the lost mine that supposedly contains gold mined by the Pima Indians under the Jesuits occupancy. The Iron Door Mine was sealed up and its location is lost on history. But, the mine legend is still alive.
Historical dates leading up to Tucson's establishment
Tucson's Birthday Celebration Party
To recognize the 235th birthday of Tucson, Arizona's official founding, a ceremony will be held at the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson on August 20, 2011. Read about the events planned for Tucson's birthday celebration.
Tucson Entertainment Book
Many Mexicos- history in Tucson
Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera is on display at the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus through 2011. The exhibit strives to interpret the broad sweep of Mexican history from the Pre-Columbian period to today’s political shouting matches, all from the perspective of Arizona and the borderlands. Mon Sat, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. The exhibit will run fthrough 2012. www.StateMuseum.Arizona.Edu
Mining in the Catalinas
The Santa Catalina Mountains became valued for its copper and other precious metals in the late 1800s through the mid 1940s.
This period of mining brought hundreds of people to live and work throughout the mountains from Mt. Lemmon to Oracle. Such notables as W.F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody owned extensive mining claims in the back hills.
Legends of the Catalinas
As several missions were established in the valley near the Santa Cruz river, some reports included mining operations by the Jesuits deep inside of the Catalina Mountains. Read about the mine with the iron door and lost mission of the Catalinas.
Arizona's Gold Rush
The Santa Catalina mountains has been experiencing a gold rush for hundreds of years.
Just below Mt. Lemmon lies one of the great stories of the search for gold in the mountains- the lost city and the lost Iron Door mine.
Explore the historical records that account for that thousands of pounds of gold and gold in quartz that has been extracted from the Catalina mountains. Read about Arizona's Gold Rush.
Tucson's History Archives
As a special feature, we uncovered several out of print books about Tucson written at the beginning of the 1900's. These books are now in the public domain and can be read online or downloaded for free.
Old Tucson; a hop, skip and jump history from 1539 Indian settlement to new and greater Tucson" by Estelle M. Buehman describes early Tucson history. She shares her accounts of the Old Pueblo when it was still a small town in the early 1911. Her book covewrs the history, dates and names of people who helped shape the emergence of Tucson. Read about the early pioneers, the establishment of schools, newspapers, churches, business and the lives of local Tucsonans in the 1800's in Buehman's "Old Tucson."
"Tucson, Arizona" by Rochester Ford Issued by the Tucson, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and reprinted from "OUT WEST MAGAZINE" for September, 1902. Tucson lays claim to being one of the oldest settlements in the United States, ranking as to age next after San Augustine, Florida, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its history can be traced back to 1649, when a military station was established by the Spaniards to protect the Mission of San Xavier.
Eusebio Francisco Kino's historical memoir of Pimerîa Alta. This is a contemporary account of the beginnings of Arizona, California and Sonora first published in 1919. It is out of copyright and can be freely downloaded as a PDF from archive.org: Download Memoirs of Pimerîa Alta.
Authentic salsa from Tucson's own El Charro Cafe. Contains: crushed tomatoes (tomatoes, salt, citric acid), water, salsa (onions, salt, garlic, white vinegar, canola oil, chiltipin pepper, oregano), tomato puree (water, tomato paste citric acid), citric acid.
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Ores and Jewelry from Mt. Lemmon
Extremely rare serpentine with white quartz, gold, silver and copper ores.
From mines miles within Tucson's Mt. Lemmon Unique, one-of-a-kind specimens, southwestern artwork and fashioned jewelry by local artist Flint Carter.
From the origin of the "mine with the Iron Door" legend? Find out more!