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Ring's Reflections: The ultimate thriller/courtroom drama book series

Ring's Reflections: The ultimate thriller/courtroom drama book series

This is not your normal book review. Regular readers know that I occasionally recommend books, usually having some relation to Arizona history, like Stephen Fried’s biography of Fred Harvey, of railroad hospitality fame, and Jeff Guinn’s history of the shootout at the OK Corral.

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Ring's Reflections: The 'Five C's' impact on today's Arizona economy

In the final installment in this series, we’ve arrived at the question of how much the historic bedrocks of our economy, Arizona’s traditional Five C’s affect the current state economy.

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Ring's Reflections: Climate spawned tourism industry in Arizona

Ring's Reflections: Climate spawned tourism industry in Arizona

Climate has been a critical resource since Arizona’s beginning. Our sunny, warm, dry weather provided the foundation for successful cattle ranching as well as the cotton and citrus industries.

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Ring's Reflections: Once a major growth industry, citrus' future is uncertain here

Ring's Reflections: Once a major growth industry, citrus' future is uncertain here

Those oranges, lemons and grapefruits that you buy at the grocery store or grow in your backyard originated thousands of years ago in Asia, in an area bordered by India, Myanmar (Burma) and China.

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Ring's Reflections: Cotton still thrives in Arizona

Ring's Reflections: Cotton still thrives in Arizona

According to cotton historian Stephen Yafa, “cotton was domesticated simultaneously in India and Peru some 5,500 years ago.” Cotton, and cloth made from it, gradually moved west to Europe and north to Mexico and beyond, so when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahama Islands in 1492, he f…

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Ring's Reflections: Cattle ranching had its perils, successes

Ring's Reflections: Cattle ranching had its perils, successes

According to a recent genetic study, cattle were domesticated from wild ox in the Near East about 10,500 years ago. Christopher Columbus brought the first cattle to the New World in 1493, and other Spanish explorers brought cattle to Mexico about the time Cortez captured Mexico City in 1521.

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Ring's Reflections: Copper remains a huge economic factor in Arizona

Ring's Reflections: Copper remains a huge economic factor in Arizona

It seems like mining has always been big in Arizona. In 1736 the discovery of silver just below the current border with Mexico drew prospective Spanish miners northward into Southern Arizona. After Arizona became a U.S. territory, gold was found near Yuma in 1858 and in 1863 in the Bradshaw …

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Ring's Reflections: Five C's are integral to Arizona's history

Ring's Reflections: Five C's are integral to Arizona's history

Do you know Arizona’s traditional five C’s? I’m talking about the most important elements of Arizona’s economy during the state’s development from a U.S. territory through statehood and well into the 20th century.

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Ring's Reflections: License plates started small, now number many

Ring's Reflections: License plates started small, now number many

Have you ever played the license plate game? You know, where you see how many of the 50 different U.S. state license plates you can spot? Here’s a new game, even more challenging: spotting different Arizona license plates.

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Ring's Reflections: UA sports leaders made strides here

Ring's Reflections: UA sports leaders made strides here

Tucson’s movers and shakers in sports include a University of Arizona athletic director and coaches for basketball, swimming and softball.

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Ring's Reflections: Pioneers in medicine, science have brought international acclaim to Tucson

Ring's Reflections: Pioneers in medicine, science have brought international acclaim to Tucson

Tucson’s movers and shakers in science and medicine include an archaeologist, a planetary scientist, a heart transplant surgeon and a pioneer in integrative medicine.

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Ring's Reflections: These four people influenced art, architecture here

Ring's Reflections: These four people influenced art, architecture here

Movers and shakers in arts and entertainment in Tucson include an architect, an artist, an author-historian and a singer.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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14 FHZ ring4St. Philips in the Hills Episcopal Church was designed by famed Catalina Foothills architect Josias Joesler and built by developer John Murphey in 1936. (Photo courtesy of Bob Ring)

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Politicians who helped shape Tucson, the state and the country

Politicians who helped shape Tucson, the state and the country

This is the second in a five-part series on the 20th century’s most influential movers and shakers in Tucson, according to author and historian Bob Ring.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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These 'movers and shakers' helped Tucson grow into the city it is today

These 'movers and shakers' helped Tucson grow into the city it is today

This is the first in a five-part occasional series on the 20th century’s most influential movers and shakers in Tucson, according to author and historian Bob Ring. This week features people in business. Later parts will cover politics, arts and entertainment, science and medicine, and sports.

January 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: Colorado trip was picture-perfect for photo group

Ring's Reflections: Colorado trip was picture-perfect for photo group

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.

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Ring's Reflections: Taos is a refreshing break from toasty Tucson

Ring's Reflections: Taos is a refreshing break from toasty Tucson

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.

September 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Different boundaries would have made Arizona a very different place

Different boundaries would have made Arizona a very different place

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…

August 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: How Arizona got its shape

Ring's Reflections: How Arizona got its shape

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on how Arizona got its shape.

August 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Jewish influence strong in Tucson

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.

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Ring's reflections: Jewish influence strong in Tucson

Ring's reflections: Jewish influence strong in Tucson

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.

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Ring's reflections: Jewish influence strong in Tucson

Ring's reflections: Jewish influence strong in Tucson

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.

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Ring's reflections: Jewish influence strong in Tucson

Ring's reflections: Jewish influence strong in Tucson

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.

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Ring's reflections: Jewish influence strong in Tucson

Ring's reflections: Jewish influence strong in Tucson

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.

August 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ruby mining site endures as well-known ghost town

Ruby mining site endures as well-known ghost town

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on the mining town of Ruby. Click here to read the first part.

July 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Tucson's Anglo pioneers lured by opportunities in business, ranching

Ring's reflections: Tucson's Anglo pioneers lured by opportunities in business, ranching

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.

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Ring's reflections: Tucson's Anglo pioneers lured by opportunities in business, ranching

Ring's reflections: Tucson's Anglo pioneers lured by opportunities in business, ranching

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…

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Ruby was prosperous town, attractive mark for outlaws

Ruby was prosperous town, attractive mark for outlaws

Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series on the mining town of Ruby.

July 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: First founders: Los Tucsonenses

Ring's reflections: First founders: Los Tucsonenses

Tucson's first non-native permanent residents were Spanish soldiers and Franciscan missionaries who moved into the new Tucson presidio in the fall of 1776. After a decade of almost continuous fighting against fierce nomadic Apaches, peace was established under a new Spanish policy that encou…

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Ring's reflections: Havasupai trip finally fulfills lifetime dream

Ring's reflections: Havasupai trip finally fulfills lifetime dream

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.

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Ring's reflections: Havasupai trip finally fulfills lifetime dream

Ring's reflections: Havasupai trip finally fulfills lifetime dream

These features were created by carbonate-laden mists from Upper Navajo Falls.

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Ring's reflections: Havasupai trip finally fulfills lifetime dream

Ring's reflections: Havasupai trip finally fulfills lifetime dream

Editor's note: Bob Ring's "better half," Pat Wood, fills in this week with a column about her recent "trip of a lifetime."

July 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

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…

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Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

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.

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Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

Women toiled at their B-29 modification stations inside one of the hangars sometime around 1950.

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Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

This is what the three hangars look like today. Note the huge sliding doors. This is the view from the hangars' southeast corner.

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Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

Ring's reflections: Historic hangars date from World War II

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…

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Ring's Reflections: Richness of San Pedro area includes 2 prehistoric sites

Ring's Reflections: Richness of San Pedro area includes 2 prehistoric sites

One evening last month, Pat and I found ourselves at the dinner table at a bed and breakfast right in the middle of Cochise County's bird-watching paradise.

May 30, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

Famed pilot Charles Lindbergh came to dedicate the new municipal airport on Sept. 23, 1927.

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Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

Firefighters apply a steady stream of water during the Pioneer Hotel fire, which killed 29 people.

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Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

The Pioneer Hotel, on the northeast corner of Stone Avenue and Pennington Street, around 1950.

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Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

Tucson Police Chief C.A. Wollard, standing at far left, at John Dillinger's arraignment. Dillinger is at center, with his hat on his knee.

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Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

Navy P-3 (A and C models) sit in storage at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, commonly called the "boneyard," at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

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Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

Ring's reflections: Tucson grew - and changed - with statehood

A rendering of the Phoenix Mars Lander. The program was headed by the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona.

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Ring's reflections: Tucson emerges from frontier-village roots

Ring's reflections: Tucson emerges from frontier-village roots

Old Main, the original building of the University of Arizona, was built in the open desert, at a distance from the town of Tucson.

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