Destinations: Agua Caliente Park

Destinations: Agua Caliente Park

As a sometimes photographer in Tucson I am often asked to take outdoor portraits and of all locations available in the city one name comes up more often than any other: Agua Caliente. It is certainly a unique desert oasis, easily accessible yet remote and when the ponds are full it is easily one of the best looking parks in the Tucson area! Like so many sites in and near Tucson, the history of the park stretches back hundreds and even thousands of years. But for the sake of brevity, let’s…

How’s the food scene in Tucson?

How’s the food scene in Tucson?

When I travel to other locales and talk about Tucson, one of the most common questions people ask (besides “how common are the rattlesnakes and scorpions?”) is how good the food is. Specifically, the Mexican food. Well, in my opinion, it’s great! And while the Mexican food available in this town is fantastic, the local food scene has many more varieties to offer! But I’m no foodie, so don’t trust my opinion! We have two excellent local food publications available: Edible Baja which is online as well as in print and…

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…

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PLEASE NOTE – This post is no longer being updated.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….