Explore Tucson's history
Tucson, Arizona is one of the oldest settlements in the United States, ranking in age next after San Augustine, Florida, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Santa Catalina mountains has been experiencing a gold rush for hundreds of years.
A new book on the "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" reveals the legends and hidden history of the Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson. Discover how the Spanish, Mexican and American settlers became prospectors and then miners over hundreds of years. Spanish history in Tucson can be traced back to 1649, when a military station was established by the Spaniards to protect the Mission of San Xavier. The area was occupied by Native Americans for over 10,000 years before. Read and download several accounts about Tucson's early pioneer days and Tucson history.
Just below Mt. Lemmon's backside lies one of the great stories of the search for gold in the mountains, the lost city and the lost Iron Door mine.
Today, a quick drive to the Catalinas reveals that hidden treasures still do exist. Explore the historical records that account for that thousands of pounds of gold in quartz that has been extracted from the Catalina mountains. Read about Arizona's Gold Rush.
NEW LOCAL TUCSON BOOKS
"Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades"
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Read about the local Tucson entertainment scene from the 1950s through the early 2000s. Hundreds of pages of musician interviews, original photographs and stories. If you played in a band or went to a nightclub during those years, you'll be familiar with many of these people and places. Published by Entertainment Magazine. Read sample pages Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades. Find your name or photo!
Legends of lost mines, lost cities and a lost mission have been passed down by word of mouth for generations. The Santa Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson, are filled with mysteries and rich history that has been forgotten over time. The most famous legend, the Iron Door Mine, helped launch the early American hunt for gold in the 1850s. Millions of dollars of quartz embedded gold has been extracted from the mountains by early prospectors. Some believe that there are still some lost Spanish treasures buried in the hills. Read more about the legends and history of the Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
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What's Happening in Tucson in 2016
January 2016 Tucson Events
The following are some of the highlighted Tucson events for January in Tucson. See all January 2016 listings.
Indian America New Year’s Competition Pow Wow & Indian Craft Market is a collection of American Indian Art, arts and crafts, and food. 40 featured artists changing throughout the 14 days. The Pow Wow and Indian Craft Market is held the last Sunday of January through the Second Sunday of February each year. www.usaindianinfo.org
January 8: A Day of Kindness and Reflection; Remembering. Four years ago the Tucson community and the entire country were stunned by the events that unfolded on the corner just across the street. In the days that followed, Tohono Chul became a refuge and a place of healing for many. On this anniversary, join us in a day of reflection and remembrance and shared kindness. Several city-wide events held.
Tucson Jazz Festival 13-days of jazz music, food, and festival fun.Artists performances include musical showcases in downtown Tucson hotspots including the historic venues Club Congress, the Rialto and The Fox Tucson theatres with live music throughout the city every day of the week. A daylong free festival, the Downtown Jazz Fiesta will feature the best of Tucson in two outdoor stages all day on Martin Luther King Day.
4th Annual Desert Song Festival: Tucson Chamber Artists.
Saturday, January 31, 2015: The Official Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase 2015 opens through February 15.
More Tucson January 2016 events.
February 2015 Events
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Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows attract the world's best minerals, jewelry, lapidary and dealers from across the world to Tucson, Arizona. The Gem Shows runs through mid February 2015.
February 7-March 29, 2015: The Arizona Renaissance Festival returns with another year of entertainment.
The 2015 Rodeo Days Arts Celebration is held on Saturday, February 28th with Susan French with Mayor Bob Walkup; NAI Horizons, Tucson Musicians Museum.
Tucson Rodeo, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros - the Celebration of the Cowboys, and the Tucson Rodeo Parade is held the last week in February 2015.The Tucson Rodeo Museum opens in preparation for the annual Tucson Rodeo in February.
March 2015 Tucson Event Highlights
Tucson events in March start to gear up again after the end of the Gem Shows and Rodeo in February. Here's a sample of some of the featured events in March. See all Tucson March 2015 event listings.
The Gaslight Theatre in Tucson proudly presents "The Ballad of Two-Gun McGraw," a musical-western adventure through March 29, 2015.
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s poetic masterpiece of jealousy, prejudice and betrayal, takes on a bold new theatricality under the ambitious and creative hand of award-winning director Kirsten Brandt and scenic, lighting and projection designer David Lee Cuthbert through March 21 at the Temple of Music and Art.
Tucson Festival of Books attracts hundreds of local authors and thousands of people to the UA from March 13-15, 2015.
Casas Adobes American Legion Auxiliary presents the Easter Holiday Bazaar. Three fun filled days at the beautiful Plaza Palomino on March 13-15.
Kartchner Caverns State Park's Star Party. NASA Ambassador Ted Forte to Speak on Saturday, March 14, 2015. After the program, there will be viewing through the telescopes.
Free Mini Senior Expo on March 16th from 1:00-3:30 p.m. for Senior citizens and their loved ones. Join the Neighborhood Connection Group at Fellowship Square and enjoy light refreshments while learning more about creating a personal legacy document, planning for intangibles as well as planning for tangibles and having meaningful legacy conversations with loved ones.
Fourth Annual Chalk Art Festival on March 28 & 29, 2015. Tthe festival is free to attend at Park Place Mall.
Poetry Contest. The Arizona State Poetry Society is supporting our newly reorganized Tucson chapter with a state poetry contest using our favorite theme, “The Southwest.” Deadline mailed by June 1, 2015.
KARAOKE MAYHEM returns by popular demand as Special guest host Sister Mary Seamus of Retro Game Show Night fame invites you to her local "karaoke bar" for a night of performances by Musical Mayhem Cabaret on March 22.
Spring Boing Bash is a free community event that includes games, prizes, inflatables, food trucks, face painting, a photo op with the Easter Bunny and our rockin' live band at Vision Church.
Tohono Chul's 30th Anniversary Gala is on March 29, 2015, from 4-7pm. This springtime festival is set amidst blooming wildflowers features culinary delights and libations, dance performances, live music, and art-in-the garden with world-renowned artists.
The Tucson Botanical Gardens 3rd Annual Growdown! Garden Design Challenge from Wednesday, March 18 through Saturday, March 21 2015. Seeking competitors.
Tucson Museum of Art’s most successful exhibition "The Figure Examined," extended through April 12, 2015.
Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention was held in early March. Read about the event.
More March 2015 Tucson events happening.
Events Around Southern Arizona in March
Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Events throughout Arizona, including in Tucson.
Arizona Renaissance Festival continues through Sunday, March 28.
Arizona State Museum Events, Exhibits, Culture Craft Activities. The Southwest Indian Art Fair on March 28 & 29. Southern Arizona's premier Indian art show and market!
Catalina State Park tour: Romero Ruins Adventure Walk, a multicomponent site that includes a Hohokam village dating approximately from AD 500 to 1450, as well as the remnants of the historic Francisco Romero Ranch. Sundays at 9:00am.
National Parks Store in Tucson events include Insider Tour: Tucson Presidio on Thursday, March 19.
Oracle State Park throughout the Winter and Enjoy a Stargazing Event, Hikes, Talks and Tour the Kannally Ranch House. Saturday, March 21: Going for the Gold Dark Sky Celebration.
Oro Valley Festival of the Arts, one of the largest community wide celebration of the arts, featuring up to 150 artisans at the base of the breathtaking Pusch View mountains in Oro Valley, AZ. February 28 through March 1.
Saguaro National Park West upcoming March events includes an Art Market, Michael Chiago Art Show and Sale, and a Mexican Art Show and Sale.
Re-Enactments of Southwest Civil War Skirmishes at Picacho Peak State Park at "Civil War in the Southwest" on March 21 & 22.
More March 2015 Tucson events happening.
Events Around Southern Arizona in April
The 31st 2016 Annual Oracle Oaks Festival is held on Saturday, April 2016 in the town of Oracle, Arizona north of Tucson and Oro Valley. The theme this year is . . . "Historical Oracle!" Meet local authors at the Oracle Community Center. "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" authors Robert Zucker and William Flint Carter will showcase their book on the history and legends of the mountains.
See all of the Tucson events happening in April 2016.
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