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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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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…

July 25, 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…

July 18, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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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

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…

June 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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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: Spanish influence reaches north

Ring's reflections: Spanish influence reaches north

1694 to 1775

March 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: New picture emerges of Hohokam culture

Ring's reflections: New picture emerges of Hohokam culture

A.D. 450 to A.D. 1694

March 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: This was another place in 9000 BC

Ring's reflections: This was another place in 9000 BC

In the beginning ...

March 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Trip reveals S. American wonders

Ring's reflections: Trip reveals S. American wonders

Earlier this month, Pat and I returned from our trip of a lifetime - a two-week visit to South America, including highlights of Chile, Argentina and Brazil. We were on Tauck's Essence of South America tour with 30 other travelers from across the U.S., two from Canada, and one each from the U…

February 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Weavers, spinners pulling together big show

Ring's reflections: Weavers, spinners pulling together big show

Two years ago at this time I was counting teapots and tea cozies for Pat, my better half, who was helping her weaving buddies get ready for their biennial fashion show and luncheon.

January 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Photo skills soar with pro's help

As part of my never-ending quest to improve my skills in writing this column (usually with accompanying photographs), Pat and I recently completed a two-day Arizona Highways photography workshop.

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Ring's reflections: Photo skills soar with pro's help

Ring's reflections: Photo skills soar with pro's help

As part of my never-ending quest to improve my skills in writing this column (usually with accompanying photographs), Pat and I recently completed a two-day Arizona Highways photography workshop.

December 27, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Quirky building is an enduring club

Ring's reflections: Quirky building is an enduring club

Did you ever wonder about that odd-shaped building - the one that looks like an old drive-in food establishment - near the northeast corner of North Main Avenue and West Speedway?

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Ring's reflections: Bad penmanship causes good deal of IRS problems

How can poor penmanship get you into trouble with the Internal Revenue Service?

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Ring's reflections: Tucson is 'Bicycle Town USA'

Ring's reflections: Tucson is 'Bicycle Town USA'

Tucson has been praised as a "Bicycle Paradise" and the "No. 1 Bike Town in the U.S." So I decided to do a little research on where bicycles came from and what Tucson has to offer.

November 15, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Tucson Fire Dept.'s history can be found on new site

Tucson Fire Dept.'s history can be found on new site

A fantastic new treasure - the history of the Tucson Fire Department - is now available online.

November 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: A 'fantastic week' in Flagstaff

Ring's reflections: A 'fantastic week' in Flagstaff

Pat and I spent a week in Flagstaff just before Labor Day to escape the summer heat. We invited Pat's son David and his girlfriend, Krista, to split a two-bedroom timeshare, just east of town.

October 11, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Water series continues with look at CAP, future issues

Ring's reflections: Water series continues with look at CAP, future issues

Last week in Part 1 of this series I wrote about what happened to Tucson's waterways and the subsequent mining of groundwater.

August 30, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Our area once had plentiful water

Ring's reflections: Our area once had plentiful water

For the last 3,000 years, Tucson's waterways - including rivers, streams and creeks - ran freely much of the time and were a reliable source of water for everyday use and irrigation farming.

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Ring's reflections: Primer on our mountains continues

Ring's reflections: Primer on our mountains continues

Last week I presented the first in a two-part primer of Tucson's fascinating and numerous mountain ranges. Here's the second part.

August 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Get to know mountains surrounding Old Pueblo

Ring's reflections: Get to know mountains surrounding Old Pueblo

I've looked at the mountains around Tucson for years in wonderment and awe, appreciating their beauty, but lately realized that I had some questions. How many mountain ranges are there? Where did they come from? So I put together a two-part primer to answer some of those questions.

August 09, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Boston vacation yields lots of fun, busy sites

Boston vacation yields lots of fun, busy sites

Honoring the name of this column, here are a few reflections from my recent trip with Pat to Boston.

July 26, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Stagecoaches fill need

Ring's reflections: Stagecoaches fill need

A couple weeks ago I wrote about overland stagecoach operations through Tucson. This week I'll tell the story of how Tucson stagecoach pioneers provided service to Southern Arizona mining areas and local settlements.

July 12, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Stagecoaches set stage for Tucson's growth

Ring's reflections: Stagecoaches set stage for Tucson's growth

If it weren't for stagecoaches, Tucson wouldn't have developed to be the town we see today.

June 28, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Research leaves columnist awash in Tucson history

Ring's reflections: Research leaves columnist awash in Tucson history

My last two columns told the story of two early 1900s Tucson communities that were successful because of reliable water in the Rillito River. I had so much fun researching and writing those columns - and spent so much time working on them - that I thought you might be interested in some of m…

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Ring's reflections: Let's go back in time and explore Fort Lowell area

Ring's reflections: Let's go back in time and explore Fort Lowell area

Last week I wrote about the pioneer Mormon community of Binghampton. Now I'll tell the story of another early Tucson community that succeeded because of plentiful water in the Rillito River - Old Fort Lowell.

May 10, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Hohokam, Mormons all part of Rillito's past

Ring's reflections: Hohokam, Mormons all part of Rillito's past

A few months ago Pat and I walked one of the Rillito River Park pathways along the dry riverbed and learned that the river flowed freely many years ago and has an interesting and probably little-known history. Here's what we found out.

May 03, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Fun continues at Lake Atitlán

Ring's reflections: Fun continues at Lake Atitlán

Last week I talked about my trip to Antigua, Guatemala, with Pat; this time I'll tell you about our visit to beautiful Lake Atitlán.

March 29, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Guatemala: a 'very compelling' place to visit

Even though I don't know one end of a knitting needle from the other, I am a veteran of knitting retreats to exotic places. Most recently Pat and I spent 12 days in Guatemala.

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Ring's reflections: A look at events leading to Arizona statehood

I've been brushing up on early Arizona history so I can better appreciate the big milestone Tuesday - Arizona's 100th birthday as a state. Here are what I think are the most important events leading up to Arizona statehood.

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Fire plays big role in 'Public Enemy No. 1' capture

Fire plays big role in 'Public Enemy No. 1' capture

Al Ring (my brother and partner in numerous historical-research projects) was a volunteer firefighter for 26 years in St. Matthews, Ky., a suburb of Louisville. Now retired in Tucson, Al is working with the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation to document the 130-year history of the Tucson Fire De…

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Ring's reflections: Tucson Originals: Good food, good for our community

Are you looking for a fabulous restaurant experience in Tucson? Chances are that restaurant would be a member of Tucson Originals - an alliance of 52 (and growing) independently operated restaurants that foster the rich culinary spirit of Tucson.

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Ring's reflections: Let's spread holiday cheer

Ring's reflections: Let's spread holiday cheer

My better half, Pat Wood, has some thoughts to share on this Thanksgiving:

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Ring's reflections: For great weekend excursion, try cabins, Silver City, N.M.

Ring's reflections: For great weekend excursion, try cabins, Silver City, N.M.

Three years ago, when we talked about making "bucket lists" - the things we wanted to do before we die - Pat's 34-year-old son David volunteered his list of things he wanted to do before he turned 40.

October 27, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: 'The Last Gunfight' teaches readers much about Old West

Ring's reflections: 'The Last Gunfight' teaches readers much about Old West

If you like reading history, especially Arizona history, I have a book to recommend: Jeff Guinn's "The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the OK Corral - And How It Changed the American West," published in May.

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Ring's reflections: Retracing steps of gold-rushing ancestors is, well, a rush

Ring's reflections: Retracing steps of gold-rushing ancestors is, well, a rush

In the summer of 1849 my great-great-grandfather Moses Ring crossed the Great Plains in a wagon train to try his luck in the California Gold Rush. Moses was headed to Hangtown (now Placerville) to begin his quest for gold.

September 22, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Computer doc makes much-needed house call

Ring's reflections: Computer doc makes much-needed house call

Pat's system was sluggish. She had to give up on simple tasks and start over a lot. Even I was affected. We had communication problems. The close ties of our life together rapidly turned sour.

September 15, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Computer doc makes much-needed house call

Ring's reflections: Computer doc makes much-needed house call

Pat's system was sluggish. She had to give up on simple tasks and start over a lot. Even I was affected. We had communication problems. The close ties of our life together rapidly turned sour.

September 08, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: Fall classes to begin at community center

Ring's reflections: Fall classes to begin at community center

The Lew Sorensen Community Center is set to begin fall classes in pottery, fiber arts and visual arts after a successful summer program in its new digs at 2300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Road.

August 18, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's reflections: When air conditioning kicks off, our thoughts turn to the sweaty settlers

Recently Pat and I camped out in our bedroom for days at a time. No, it wasn't a romantic holiday - it was because the darn air conditioning in the main part of the house bit the dust four times in 10 days.

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Loose in the foothills: In Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, young voices carry on tradition

Loose in the foothills: In Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, young voices carry on tradition

I was in Boston last month listening to a speech in Faneuil Hall, where people have been giving speeches since 1742, including orators such as Samuel Adams, who spoke to huge throngs to encourage independence from Britain.

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Loose in the foothills: Aravaipa Canyon: Feeding body and soul

Loose in the foothills: Aravaipa Canyon: Feeding body and soul

Pat and I have found paradise, and it's only about an hour's drive north of Tucson. I'm talking about Aravaipa Farms, a country inn along Aravaipa Creek, just outside the west entrance of the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area.

June 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Loose in the foothills: Awash in drops, praise: cataracts are history

Ugh … those eye drops almost killed me!

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Loose in the foothills: Libraries offer so much to my family, community

I've always loved reading, and have frequented libraries all my life. It's nice to have two branch libraries, Dusenberry-River and Kirk-Bear Canyon, to serve the Foothills and Tanque Verde Valley.

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Loose in the foothills: Folk art, archeological sites make Oaxaca City interesting

Loose in the foothills: Folk art, archeological sites make Oaxaca City interesting

After our family-history rediscovery tour of Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Pat and I began March with a week in Oaxaca City.

April 14, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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