In mid-September Pat and I spent a week in southwestern Colorado searching for gold – not the precious metal, but the golden colors of millions of aspen trees. We were participants in an Arizona Highways photo workshop, learning how to take better photos from nature photographer Jim Steinberg.
Pat and I tend to take short, refreshing trips during the summer rather than get out of town for the entire hot weather season. In July we drove to Taos, N.M., to spend a few days at an altitude of 7,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Last week I wrote about how Arizona was created out of the western half of the New Mexico Territory in 1863. This time let’s consider how things would be different today if Arizona had been fashioned out of the southern half of the New Mexico Territory, as proposed many times in the 1850s an…
L. Zeckendorf & Co. was at the intersection of Main and Pennington Street, circa 1880. Albert Steinfeld, with hand on hip, is standing in front row center below a wall lantern.
Charles M. Strauss and Jacob S. Mansfeld were among those who helped start the University of Arizona. Old Main, above, was the first building on campus.
The Jacobs house, 1879-1968, was built by Barron M. Jacobs, who along with his brother, Lionel, founded Tucson's first bank. In the late 1800s, the house was considered to be the centerpiece of Tucson society.
With the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the transfer of the Arizona territorial capital from Prescott to Tucson in 1867, business opportunities in Tucson abounded.
The first Tucson depot was a 200-foot-long Victorian structure built in 1880, the same year the southern route of the transcontinental railroad reached Tucson. The depot accommodated passenger and freight trains.
Before the Gadsden Purchase brought Tucson into U.S. territory - it was approved by Congress in 1854 - the only Anglo-Americans in Tucson were transients, beaver trappers, military personnel from the Mormon Battalion, argonauts on their way to the California Gold Rush and government surveyor…
The scariest part of the trip was this early morning descent to Mooney Falls. Hikers have to squeeze through two narrow tunnels built into the cliff, then descend wooden ladders.
These features were created by carbonate-laden mists from Upper Navajo Falls.
Editor's note: Bob Ring's "better half," Pat Wood, fills in this week with a column about her recent "trip of a lifetime."
Grand Central Aircraft Co. modified U.S. Air Force B-29 bombers in the three hangars from 1948-1952. This is an aerial view of the hangars, looking south and taken around 1950. The hangars are now leased for storage. One mezzanine was a temporary campus for Pima College in 1969.
Women toiled at their B-29 modification stations inside one of the hangars sometime around 1950.
This is what the three hangars look like today. Note the huge sliding doors. This is the view from the hangars' southeast corner.
I'd like to correct a mistake I made in the final column in my six-part series on Tucson history (April 18, 2013), in which I said that during World War II Consolidated Vultee Aircraft built three large hangars at Marana Air Base. Three astute readers contacted me, telling me that the hangar…