Destinations: Reid Park

Destinations: Reid Park

First, let’s clear up an age-old Tucson argument – is it Reid Park or Randolph Park? It’s Reid Park. Much like “A Mountain” is actually Sentinel Peak, which just happens to have a big “A” at the top of it, what many Tucsonans call Randolph Park is actually Reid Park, though it was originally named Randolph Park and parts of the park still retain the old name. With that clarified, let’s go back to the beginning. In the early 1900’s, Epes Randolph was a railroad tycoon, banker, hotelier, miner and many…

Destinations: Catalina Highway

Destinations: Catalina Highway

In Southern Arizona, an area with no shortage of scenic drives, one 27-mile stretch of road in particular stands out among its peers. Catalina Highway, as it is popularly known, takes you from Tucson’s Northwest side along a steady, beautiful incline to the top of Mt. Lemmon where you can frolic in pine forests and will feel like you are hundreds of miles away from the Sonoran desert town you left behind you just an hour ago. Technically known as the General Hitchcock Highway or Arizona Forest Highway 39, though…

Local Release: Daycones “New Landscapes”

Local Release: Daycones “New Landscapes”

Last night Daycones opened up a great show at La Cocina which also featured local favorites The Myrrors and from Michigan, Heaters. The show also marked the release of “New Landscapes” on Baby Tooth records. Give it a listen here and definitely consider purchasing the digital album or find him at a show and pick up a copy on cassette! New Landscapes by Daycones

West Tucson – An Overview

West Tucson – An Overview

West Tucson is a diverse area ranging from dense urban neighborhoods to resort communities and established suburban communities nestled in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains. It features ready access to Downtown Tucson and the freeway yet in some parts it can feel quite remote and fully removed from hustle and bustle of the city.   Attractions West Tucson is home to many of Tucson’s favorite destinations including Sentinel Peak (“A Mountain”), Tumamoc Hill, Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park (including Gates Pass). It is also home to the…

Neighborhoods – Samos

Neighborhoods – Samos

The Samos neighborhood is a small, but essential slice of central Tucson, located just about a mile or so North of the University of Arizona campus and offering up great housing as well as some interesting choices for food, drink, shopping and more! So what’s there? It’s a bit deceiving when you see the stretch of Campbell which necessarily serves as the neighborhood hub, since it looks like a nasty collection of aging strip malls. But look a little closer and you’ll see that for this little stretch (technically between Glenn…

The Entire History of Tucson

The Entire History of Tucson

PLEASE NOTE – This post is no longer being updated. Updates to this timeline will be posted on the History page, here: http://betucsonan.com/history/ Being one of the oldest inhabited areas in North America, the history of Tucson and Southern Arizona is a long, complicated story to say the least. We are learning more and more every day about the ancient cultures who lived in the area, but most of the “big” events happened after the arrival of the Spaniards in the late 17th century. Much of it, also, is not American history….