Tucson: A History of the Old Pueblo from the 1854 Gadsden Purchase

Tucson: A History of the Old Pueblo from the 1854 Gadsden Purchase

by David Devine


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Once considered the "Metropolis of Arizona," Tucson is in many respects a college town with a major military base onto which a retirement community has been grafted. A sprawling city of one million in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson was developed during and especially for the second half of the 20th century, a reality which has left it possibly unprepared for the challenges of the 21st century.
Tracing the remarkable history of Tucson since 1854, this book describes many aspects of the community—its ceremonies and customs, its early bitter battle to secure the University of Arizona, its multitude of problems, its noteworthy successes and its racial divides. The recollections of those who have made Tucson such a memorable place are included, from political leaders to celebrities to ordinary residents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786497102
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 06/12/2015
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Since 1995, David Devine has been researching and writing about the history of Tucson, where he lives, and Southern Arizona. He contributed numerous articles to the Tucson Weekly and wrote five Smoke Signal monographs for the Tucson Corral of the Westerners.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 Railroad Jubilation to Economic Recession, 1854-1890 5

2 A Diverse and Often Divided Community, 1890-1900 19

3 Tossing the Mayor, 1900-1910 32

4 Statehood, the "White Plague," and a Serious Census Setback, 1910-1922 46

5 Aviation and Athletic Accomplishments, 1920-1930 61

6 Tough Times, Discrimination, and Subways, 1930-1940 76

7 War, Growth, and Entertainment, 1940-1950 91

8 Ever Increasing Expansion, 1950-1960 105

9 Crime, Downtown Decline, and Urban Highways, 1960-1970 121

10 Social Change Mixed with Political Turmoil, 1970-1980 138

11 TCE/AIDS/TEP, 1980-1990 163

12 Sports Highlights and Water Lowlights, 1990-2000 188

13 Economic Decline but Transportation Improvements, 2000-2010 213

14 Shootings and Squabbles, 2010-2014 239

Chapter Notes 263

Bibliography 282

Index 287

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