Category Archives: Arizona

Oracle the Park

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One of the reasons that Oracle State Park is my favorite Tucson area park is its unexpected bench plaques. Here’s another one from E. Milo and Aiga R. Loeffler. The park is in the town of Oracle, which began, in … Continue reading

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The Kannallys of Oracle, Arizona

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In 1902, a 23-year-old Chicagoan named Cornelius Kannally came to Oracle, Arizona, at the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, with the hope it would help his lung issues. It did.  And once he was better, he … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim

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The entrance to the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim isn’t particularly impressive. But once you step inside: POW! Just beyond the lobby is a great room with floor to ceiling windows. Look out those windows and it’ll seem … Continue reading

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Mining Ghosts in Ruby, Arizona

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Ghost towns abound in the American southwest.  In Arizona, they’re mostly former mining settlements, isolated in the mountains and abandoned after the land had been stripped of its precious metals. Gold prospecting by Europeans in Arizona began with the Spanish … Continue reading

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Catalina Federal Honor Camp

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Did you know that Tucson is the location of the southernmost ski resort in the US?  Yes, that Tucson — the Tucson famous for its 120F summer days (but it’s a dry heat). The Mount Lemmon Ski Resort is at … Continue reading

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J. Knox Corbett House

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Mission/Craftsman and Arts and Crafts is my favorite style of architecture and furniture.  I know I’ve said it before, but I’m repeating it so that everyone is warned that I plan to gush and oooh and aaahhh through this entire … Continue reading

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Cochise & Geronimo at Fort Bowie

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“Are you sure we’re on the right road?” asked Mr. History Tourist, as we traveled on a two-lane stretch of gravelly bumpiness in the middle-of-nowhere. It seemed that we’d gone further than the map (we’d forgotten our GPS and there … Continue reading

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