Tucson, Arizona lies in the heart of the Sonoran desert and the stark beauty of the surroundings is unequaled. Towering mountains rise out of a cactus forested fairyland where life, although not readily apparent, thrives in the arid landscape. Tucson is nestled in a valley between four mountain ranges: the Santa Catalinas, the Rincons, Santa Ritas, and the Tucsons. Due to the delightful winter climate, Tucson has been a haven for snowbirds (winter visitors) for decades and has prospered off that tourist trade. Although the metropolitan area has a population of nearly a million people, its laid back ambiance makes it seem like a much smaller town. In the last fifty years, Tucson has gone from a sleepy cow town to a cosmopolitan metropolis with culture, art, fine dining, and a plethora of activities.
Tucson has been populated for over 12,000 years, first by Paleo Indians who built extensive canals along the Santa Cruz River and farmed the fertile soil. Later, the Hohokam tribe settled the valley and are known for constructing pit houses and for their ceramic painted red on brown pottery. Tucson was part of Mexico and was occupied by the Spanish who had their hands full repelling attacks by marauding Apache Indians. After the Gadsden Purchase in 1853, Tucson became a part of the United States and from here on out, earned a reputation as a wild west town. In 1882 Wyatt Earp shot and killed Frank Stillwell by the Tucson train station and set off the Arizona war that has been romanticized by various western movies.
Modern Tucson has come a long way from the dusty streets of the old west; it is home to the University of Arizona that was founded in 1885, the community center hosts a variety of events and the city is populated with hotels, resorts, and fine restaurants. Taking a look in the Tucson, Arizona yellow pages, businesses from A to Z show the town to be an equal with any growing and trend setting city in the country. The Tucson, Arizona business directory is full of contractors who have prospered from the development of one of the fastest growing areas worldwide. Tucson hosts theatre and arts, museums, zoos, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Mount Lemmon in the Catalina Mountains is just a thirty mile drive from the desert floor and offers a pine forested respite from the summer heat and excellent snow skiing in the winter.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan