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Tucson Street Names

Street Smarts: 'Well, I hardly knew what to think of the place' was Tucsonan's first impression

Street Smarts: 'Well, I hardly knew what to think of the place' was Tucsonan's first impression

The journey to her new home in Tucson took Annie Hughes a month.

April 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Tucson's Ranch Without Cows also boasts a Street Without Sin

Street Smarts: Tucson's Ranch Without Cows also boasts a Street Without Sin

A subdivision just north of Ina Road and west of Campbell Avenue has many street names that sound a lot like the seven deadly sins.

April 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Early merchants the namesake for midtown Tucson streets

Street Smarts: Early merchants the namesake for midtown Tucson streets

Two early Tucson merchants are remembered with midtown streets that bear their names.

April 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Foothills street name honors one of Tucson's most important builders

Street Smarts: Foothills street name honors one of Tucson's most important builders

John W. Murphey was born in Tucson on July 20, 1898 to Walter E. and Elizabeth (Bivens) Murphey. He grew up in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood and as a result became fluent in the language. He attended Tucson High School and then served in the military during World War I.

March 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Soldier and lawman the namesake for downtown's Van Alstine Street

Street Smarts: Soldier and lawman the namesake for downtown's Van Alstine Street

Nelson “Nicholas” Van Alstine was born to a Dutch family on Aug. 7, 1816, in Canajoharie, N.Y.

March 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Generous nun the namesake for Drexel Road

Street Smarts: Generous nun the namesake for Drexel Road

Katharine M. Drexel was born in Philadelphia on Nov. 26, 1858.

March 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: General Hitchcock Highway remembers a man whose influence went from D.C. to Tucson and back

Street Smarts: General Hitchcock Highway remembers a man whose influence went from D.C. to Tucson and back

The road from Tucson to Mount Lemmon was named for a man whose national and local contributions include starting airmail and creating the Saguaro National Monument.

February 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Among achievements of namesake for Lambert Lane: bringing steaks to Li'l Abners

Street Smarts: Among achievements of namesake for Lambert Lane: bringing steaks to Li'l Abners

The man who brought steaks to legendary local restaurant Li’l Abner’s — and served seven terms on the Pima County Board of Supervisors — is remembered with a road named for him on the far northwest side.

February 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Florist with knack for transforming desert into oases named northwest-side street

Street Smarts: Florist with knack for transforming desert into oases named northwest-side street

A florist with a penchant for land ownership and a knack for transforming the desert into an oasis named a northwest-side street that bears the name of the city of his birth.

January 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Westside road was Sisters' Lane, then Hospital Road, now St. Mary's Road

Street Smarts: Westside road was Sisters' Lane, then Hospital Road, now St. Mary's Road

The west-side St. Mary’s Road is named in honor of Tucson’s first nonmilitary hospital.

January 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Family of twins Opha and Okey, who once corraled their horses downtown, is the namesake for southwest-side streets

Family of twins Opha and Okey, who once corraled their horses downtown, is the namesake for southwest-side streets

On the southwest corner of South Mission Road and West Ajo Way are streets named in honor of an early family that once owned the land.

January 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Fighter of Indians, purveyor of posh hotel remembered with downtown street

Street Smarts: Fighter of Indians, purveyor of posh hotel remembered with downtown street

Hiram S. Stevens, a successful businessman and politician, came to Tucson in 1856 after a stint fighting Indians in the New Mexico territory.

January 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Former piece of Grant Road once named for enterprising farm family

Street Smarts: Former piece of Grant Road once named for enterprising farm family

Grant Road once was divided into four streets, and DeMoss-Petrie Road was one of them.

December 31, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Now it's Grant Road; back then it was 'Road No. 1'

Street Smarts: Now it's Grant Road; back then it was 'Road No. 1'

John Grant was born on April 11, 1860, to George S. and Mary Jane (LeCoutre) Grant in Richmond County, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. His parents, farmers from Cape Breton Island, endured a difficult life that included brutal winters shut off from the outer world by the Strait of Canso, wi…

December 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Former southside street remembers orphanage it once passed by

Street Smarts: Former southside street remembers orphanage it once passed by

On Dec. 25, 1889, the Arizona Daily Star ran a story about happenings at St. Mary’s Hospital, then a little more than a mile west of Tucson. “The old building about 100 yards northeast of the hospital, formerly the novitiate, has just been remodeled and extensively repaired for an asylum for…

December 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Dairy industry gets a nod with northside Fairview Avenue

Street Smarts: Dairy industry gets a nod with northside Fairview Avenue

A north-south road that runs through much of Tucson’s north side pays quiet tribute to the area’s rich dairy farming history.

December 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Andrew Johnson Avenue one of four Tucson streets named for men who served Abraham Lincoln

Street Smarts: Andrew Johnson Avenue one of four Tucson streets named for men who served Abraham Lincoln

Streets in a subdivision on Tucson’s far east side remember several people who served under President Abraham Lincoln, including Andrew Johnson, who would become the nation’s 17th president.

November 26, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Now a street, Wrightstown once was a town

Street Smarts: Now a street, Wrightstown once was a town

Wrightstown, now an east-side road, once was an actual town.

November 19, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Man who built Davis-Monthan Air Force Base among oldest active-duty military ever

Street Smarts: Man who built Davis-Monthan Air Force Base among oldest active-duty military ever

The man who helped build one of Tucson’s most significant institutions, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, is honored with a street named after him on the base.

November 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Street Smarts: Tiny Tucson street bears the name of a major influence on the area

Street Smarts: Tiny Tucson street bears the name of a major influence on the area

The street named after Solomon Warner may be small, but his impact on Tucson was large.

November 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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