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Fun Facts About Tucson and Arizona

History: Tucson has been continuously settled for over 12,000 years. It celebrates a diversity of cultures, architecture, and peoples. Yet, it is one of the “Mega-Trend” cities of the 21st Century: the Optics Valley, premier health services center for the Southwest, the astronomy center of the world, home of a premier research institution – University of Arizona, and a tourism destination.

Tucson, too SAHN or TOO sahn, is one of the oldest towns in the United States. Tucson was orginally an Indian village called Stook-zone, meaning water at the foot of black mountain. Hugo O’Conor established the Tucson Presidio in 1775. August 20th, 1775 is considered Tucson’s birthday. Spanish settlers arrived in the area in 1776. Tucson officially became part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase of 1854. Tucson served as capital of the Arizona Territory from 1867 to 1877.

Tucson boasts the best of both worlds…the progress and innovation of a metropolitan community and the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town. Tucson’s rich cultural heritage centers around a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American influences. Blessed with the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and an unsurpassed climate of 360 sunny days a year, Tucsonans embrace a rare lifestyle and are committed to preserving that quality of life.

Location : Lies along the Santa Cruz River in a flat plateau of the Sonoran Desert that is rimmed by the Santa Catalina, Tucson, Rincon, and Santa Rita Mountains. Situated about 155 miles southeast of Phoenix.

Elevation : 2,410 feet (735 m)

Climate : The highest temperature ever recorded was 117 degrees Fahrenheit on June 26, 1990. The annual average is 82 degrees Fahrenheit/28 degrees Celsius for the high temperature, and 55 degrees Fahrenheit/13 degrees Celsius for the low temperature. Tucson’s mild climate is legendary.

Industry : Aircraft and missile manufacturing, electronics research and manfucturing, optical engineering

Language : Bilingual community with a large Spanish-speaking minority.

Population : Roughly 800,000 people call Tucson home making it the second largest city in Arizona.

Arizona Fun Facts

State Bird : Cactus Wren. It measures 7 to 8 inches in length, and its back is brown with white spots, and its throat is lighter colored with black spots. Its bill is curved down and there’s a white line over each eye. Cactus wrens eat insectes, seeds, and fruit. They often build their nests inside a cactus to protect them from predators.

State Flower : Saguaro Bloom. This pure white flower blooms on the tips of the saguaro cactus during May and June.

State Nickname : Grand Canyon State

State Gem : Turquoise. It’s a blue-green, waxy-surfaced stone used for centuries in Southwest Indian Jewelry. It can be found throughout the Southwest and is composed of hydrous oxide of aluminum and copper.

State Tree : Palo Verde. Its name means “green stick.” It blooms a brilliant yellow-gold in April or May.

State Fossil : Petrified Wood

State Mammal : Ringtail

State Reptile : Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake

State Fish : Apache Trout

State Amphibian: Arizona Treefrog

Family Fun

Tucson offers an abundance of family-oriented activities that encourage discovery and make learning fun.

Tucson, with its sprawling suburbs, is home to thousands of Arizona families. They come here to take advantage of the warm weather, great schools, and professional opportunities, and as more and more families move into the area, Tucson makes ceaseless efforts to provide a smorgasbord of fun and exciting activities designed to keep everyone in the family enthralled. Hiking, picnicking, and camping are obvious winners when it comes to family fun in Arizona, but Tucson offers even more to its families. There is enough fun here to keep both parents and kids happily entertained. Here a few to get you started:

Old Tucson Movie Studios

201 South Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85735
Ph (520) 883-0100

Old Tucson Movie Studios is where the West was filmed! From western movie heroes like John Wayne to current box-office stars such as Harrison Ford, many of Hollywood’s legends have walked these rugged streets, the setting for hundreds of major motion pictures. Spend a day in the life of an 1880’s western town.

Columbia University’s Biosphere II

32540 S. Biosphere Road
Oracle, AZ 85623
Ph (520) 838-6200
The Biosphere 2 Laboratory is the largest enclosed controlled environment growth and measurement facility available for Each Systems research. Engineered as a closed system to exceptionally high standards of gas, water, and nutrient containment the B2L is now usually operated as a segmented open flow system.

Bedroxx Bowling
Tucson’s largest entertainment center!
Ph (520) 744-7655

Golden Pin Lane

Home of the Pro Bowlers Tour. 48 lanes, automatic scorers, restaurant, lounge, kosmic bowling and more
Ph (520) 888-4272

Katana Games

A gamers’ paradise-a hybrid of retail and arcade
Ph (520) 908-6648

Kino Sports Complex

Kino Sports Complex is the largest sports venue of its kind in Pima County
Ph (520) 434-1343

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation

Ph (520) 877-6000

Reid Park Zoo

Ph (520) 791-3204

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

Affordable fun for all ages. Hand-feed the ostriches, deer, miniature donkeys and lorikeets
Ph (520) 466-3658

Tucson Children’s Museum

Southern Arizona’s interactive museum for children. Explore 10 exciting galleries of hands-on exhibits
Ph (520) 792-9985

Valley of the Moon

Magic lives at the 2.2-acre historic fantasyland called Valley of the Moon!
Ph (520) 323-1331

Tucson’s museums offer an array of activities for children and families to discover.
Learn more about Tucson’s museums including Tucson Children’s Museum at Visiting / Museum.

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Free Airport Transportation
Free Evening Social Hour
Free Daily Newspaper
Free Business Center with High Speed Internet Computers and Printer plus Limited Free Copies and Faxes
Free Manager’s Barbeque the first Wednesday of every month
Free Barbeque Gas Grills
Free Parking/Bus, Car, Truck, RV
Free Fitness Center
Free Hi-Speed and Wi-Fi Internet Access
Free Local Phone Calls

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