Historic Tales of Territorial Tucson: 1854-1912

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Tucson was originally settled in 1775, and the Gadsden Purchase brought the tiny settlement on the Santa Cruz River into the United States in 1854. In the decades leading up to Arizona’s statehood in 1912, the territory’s largest city was rife with excitement. A seven-headed, four-hundred-foot-long sea serpent prophesied to the townsfolk. Lady bicyclists caused an uproar with their “divided skirts.” The new railroad brought three presidents to town. From the city’s brief time in the Confederacy to its crusades against drinking and gambling, from bullfighting rings to sanitariums, author Dave Devine relates stories of the little-known, sometimes lighthearted and often unusual events and personalities of Tucson.
ISBN: 9781467145053
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Arizona
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 53
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
David Devine is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with an MS degree in urban planning. He has been involved with historic preservation efforts in the central city and has written two books and seven monographs on Tucson and southern Arizona history. He also wrote numerous articles on local history for the Tucson Weekly as a frequent contributor from 1995 until his retirement in 2011.
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