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  • In 1775, Hugo O'Conor establishes the Tucson Presido. This year marks the official birthdate of the City of Tucson.

    cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ history/ tucson_history

  • 1776 - Fort Built at Tucson
    A Spanish presidio (fort) is built at Tucson.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/state-history-timeline/ arizona.html

  • 1821 - Tucson becomes part of Mexico when it fights for independence in 1821.

    cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ history/ tucson_history

  • After the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, Tucson falls under the jurisdiction of the United States.

    cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ history/ tucson_history

  • 1862 - Confederate troops occupied Tucson; Cochise and Apaches attacked soldiers at Apache Pass

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aztimeln.htm

  • 1867 - State Capital Moves
    State capital moved from Prescott to Tucson

    Between 1867 and 1877, Tucson holds the title of territorial capitol.

    cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ history/ tucson_history

  • News 1869 - Late Arizona advices say sickness of a malignant type prevailed at Tuscon [sic]. Almost every person in the place had been attacked, and many died.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 30, 1869

  • Tucson, Arizona, USA
    Bank receipt
    Safford, Hudson & Co.
    Tucson, Arizona
  • News 1887 - TERRIFIC UPHEAVAL. REMARKABLE EFFECT OF AN EARTHQUAKE IN ARIZONA. SEVERAL MOUNTAIN PEAKS CRUMBLE NEATH THE SHOCK - OTHERS SUDDENLY DEVELOP INTO BLAZING VOLCANOES - MUCH DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
    Swallowed Up.
    Tucson, A.T., May 6. - This place was shaken by an earthquake at 2:12 p.m. Tuesday. No one was injured, but considerable damage was don...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - July 25 - Severe earthquake shock at Tucson, A. T.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 5, 1889

  • Tucson, Arizona, USA
    Meyer Street
  • Tucson, Arizona, USA
    Stone Avenue
  • Tucson, Arizona, USA
    Santa Rita Hotel, Tucson, Arizona

    Farewell to Santa Rita Hotel
    "Final demolition of the Santa Rita Hotel downtown started this week.

    Humberto Lopez, who owned the hotel since 1979, sold it this summer...

    The 100-room Santa Rita Hotel was... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Tucson, a city, capital of Pima co., Ariz., on the Santa Cruz River and on the Southern Pacific R., 130 miles SE. of Phoenix. It is the largest city o...Read MORE...


  • 1919 - November 20 - 1st municipally owned airport in US opens (Tucson Az)

    historyorb.com

  • Tucson, Arizona, USA
    U.S. Veteran's Hospital, Tucson, Arizona
  • 1958 - November 16 - More than six inches of snow fell at Tucson, AZ

    The Weather Channel

  • News 1964 - ARIZONA TORNADO KILLS MOTHER, SON.
    Tucson, Ariz., (AP) - A mother and her infant son were killed Thursday when a tornado hit the San Xavier mission area southwest of Tucson.
    Killed wer...Read MORE...


  • News 1970 - Police Charge Hotel Fire Deaths to 16-Year-Old Boy - AT LEAST 28 DIED.
    By BILL ROBERTS
    Associated Press Writer
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Juvenile Court petitions alleging felony homicide and arson were filed today against a ...Read MORE...


  • News 1975 - July 16 - An early afternoon thunderstorm raked the east side of Tucson, AZ, with gale force winds, heavy rain, and numerous lightning strikes.
    A thirteen year old boy was swept through a forty foot long culvert by raging waters before being rescued.
    The Weather Channel
    July 16, 1975



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Stone Avenue

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Santa Rita Hotel, Tucson, Arizona

Farewell to Santa Rita Hotel
"Final demolition of the Santa Rita Hotel downtown started this week.

Humberto Lopez, who owned the hotel since 1979, sold it this summer...

The 100-room Santa Rita Hotel was... Read MORE...

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U.S. Veteran's Hospital, Tucson, Arizona

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  • In 1775, Hugo O'Conor establishes the Tucson Presido. This year marks the official birthdate of the City of Tucson.
    cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ history/ tucson_history
  • 1776 - Fort Built at Tucson
    A Spanish presidio (fort) is built at Tucson.
    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/state-history-timeline/ arizona.html
  • 1821 - Tucson becomes part of Mexico when it fights for independence in 1821.
    cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ history/ tucson_history
  • After the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, Tucson falls under the jurisdiction of the United States.
    cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ history/ tucson_history
  • 1862 - Confederate troops occupied Tucson; Cochise and Apaches attacked soldiers at Apache Pass
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aztimeln.htm
  • 1867 - State Capital Moves
    State capital moved from Prescott to Tucson

    Between 1867 and 1877, Tucson holds the title of territorial capitol.
    cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ history/ tucson_history
  • News  1869 - Late Arizona advices say sickness of a malignant type prevailed at Tuscon [sic]. Almost every person in the place had been attacked, and many died.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 30, 1869
  • News  1887 - TERRIFIC UPHEAVAL. REMARKABLE EFFECT OF AN EARTHQUAKE IN ARIZONA. SEVERAL MOUNTAIN PEAKS CRUMBLE NEATH THE SHOCK - OTHERS SUDDENLY DEVELOP INTO BLAZING VOLCANOES - MUCH DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
    Swallowed Up.
    Tucson, A.T., May 6. - This place was shaken by an earthquake at 2:12 p.m. Tuesday. No one was injured, but considerable damage was don... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - July 25 - Severe earthquake shock at Tucson, A. T.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 5, 1889
  • 1906
    Tucson, a city, capital of Pima co., Ariz., on the Santa Cruz River and on the Southern Pacific R., 130 miles SE. of Phoenix. It is the largest city o... Read MORE...

  • 1919 - November 20 - 1st municipally owned airport in US opens (Tucson Az)
    historyorb.com
  • 1958 - November 16 - More than six inches of snow fell at Tucson, AZ
    The Weather Channel
  • News  1964 - ARIZONA TORNADO KILLS MOTHER, SON.
    Tucson, Ariz., (AP) - A mother and her infant son were killed Thursday when a tornado hit the San Xavier mission area southwest of Tucson.
    Killed wer... Read MORE...

  • News  1970 - Police Charge Hotel Fire Deaths to 16-Year-Old Boy - AT LEAST 28 DIED.
    By BILL ROBERTS
    Associated Press Writer
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Juvenile Court petitions alleging felony homicide and arson were filed today against a ... Read MORE...

  • News  1975 - July 16 - An early afternoon thunderstorm raked the east side of Tucson, AZ, with gale force winds, heavy rain, and numerous lightning strikes.
    A thirteen year old boy was swept through a forty foot long culvert by raging waters before being rescued. The Weather Channel
    July 16, 1975

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