Katharine M. Drexel was born in Philadelphia on Nov. 26, 1858.
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.
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.
Charles H. “Charlie” Meyer was born on June 6, 1829, in Hanover, Germany.
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.
The west-side St. Mary’s Road is named in honor of Tucson’s first nonmilitary hospital.
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.
Hiram S. Stevens, a successful businessman and politician, came to Tucson in 1856 after a stint fighting Indians in the New Mexico territory.
Grant Road once was divided into four streets, and DeMoss-Petrie Road was one of them.
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…
The streets of the solar-inspired Armory Park del Sol development downtown reflect the history of the area.
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…
A sign at Julian Wash Archaeological Park, 2820 S. 12th Ave., commemorates the St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.
A north-south road that runs through much of Tucson’s north side pays quiet tribute to the area’s rich dairy farming history.
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.
Wrightstown, now an east-side road, once was an actual town.
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.
The street named after Solomon Warner may be small, but his impact on Tucson was large.
A giant boot on the northeast side marks the former site of a racetrack, a cotton farm, a guest ranch, a fancy restaurant and — now — a development and street named for the family that owned the property for decades.
A south-side Tucson street name bears the alias of outlaw Billy the Kid.
Goyette Avenue, just north of East Grant Road and two blocks east of North Columbus Boulevard, was named in honor of one of Tucson’s most important citizens.
In 1929, John and Helen Murphey built a Spanish colonial-style ranch they called Hacienda del Sol. It opened as a private boarding school for girls.
The Total Wreck Mine was discovered by chance in 1879.
A midtown street gets its name from a writer of scary stories who had no apparent ties to Tucson.
North Oldfather Drive, just north of west Ina Road and east of Interstate 10, is named not for Bookmans founder Bob Oldfather, but for another Bob Oldfather who lived on the street.
McCormick Street, which is downtown just north of the Tucson Police Station, honors Arizona’s second territorial governor.
One of Tucson’s longest-serving mayors is memorialized with a midtown overpass that bears his name.
Masterson Avenue, named for a famous Wild West sheriff, is in a south-side Tucson neighborhood that could be nicknamed Lawman & Outlaw Square.
Levi Marston Prince, or L.M. Prince, was born to Jacob and Anna (Marston) Prince in Falmouth, Maine on Nov. 24, 1828.
Near the end of Sabino Canyon Road, where it meets Rudasill Road, is a small street named in honor of the family that started the fifth-largest auto-rental firm in the nation.
Running east of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a street named after a longtime ranching family.
Editors' note: This is the second of a two-part series. Last week Street Smarts profiled William Oury, Granville's brother.
William S. Oury spent his childhood in Virginia, but he made a name for himself in Texas and ultimately became an important figure in Tucson's early history.
Just south of El Con Mall, between Reid Park and Randolph North Golf Course, is Randolph Way, named in honor of the man who donated much of the land for public use.
One of several names that Speedway has had over the years includes Feldman Street.
An 1880 map of Tucson by A.W. Pattiani shows the future site of Speedway Boulevard as just a blank spot. It's the same story on George Roskruge's 1893 map of Tucson.
Fremont Avenue, which runs north and south just east of Park Avenue, is named in honor of the fifth governor of the Arizona Territory.
Evo DeConcini, a real estate developer and one of Tucson's most prominent citizens, recorded Washington, District and Columbia streets with Pima County in 1928.
Postal history and children's literature might not seem a natural marriage, but a new book bridges the gap with the tale of a camel who helped carry freight across the Southwestern desert as part of the U.S. Army's 1850s "camel corps."
A man whose passion was law became the namesake for Richey Boulevard, which runs north and south through midtown.
A north-side street gets its name not from a local person but from a children's novel published in 1909.
A small street just west of downtown is named after a successful businessman, who bought the land in order to give his children a place to live.
La Concha, former location of Davila's drugstore. Monte Davila opened the store in 1937. Later, he opened a liquor store, now run by his son. The building is now a private business, ably watched over by CoCo, the owner's dog.
Samuel Harris Drachman was born in Poland to Harris and Rebecca Drachman in 1837 and spent his early years there.
Burton C. Mossman stood barely 5 feet 8 inches tall with his boots on, and weighed 160 pounds after a steak dinner.
Philip Contzen was a Tucson native, but he was educated in his father's home country, Germany.
Pope Pius X - or Pio Decimo in Spanish and Italian - was born Giuseppe M. Sarto near Venice, Italy, in 1835.
A Tucson sheriff during the 1870s had not one but two streets named after him - but one of them is no longer in use.
Homesteading - or claiming federal land with the intent of living on it and improving it - gave a prominent northwest-side street its name.
Just south of the Tucson Convention Center downtown are three streets named in 1872 in honor of men killed by the Apaches.