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Picture It – A history lesson

Tucson, Arizona is one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the United States — since about 1300. What was life like in the desert, 700 years ago?

For one thing, root beer was really cheap:

This sign was uncovered while refinishing a dwelling in the Barrio, the oldest part of Tucson. Before stumbling on this sign, I never would’ve guess root beer had been around for 700 years! Or that folks here spoke Spanish hundreds of years before Columbus!  😉

  1. Tucson started as a Hohokam Indian village.
  2. Years later, the Tohono O’odam people took over the site, and they’re still here
  3. Eventually the town became a Spanish presidio.
  4. When Mexico became an independent nation, a new flag flew over Tucson.
  5. Most recently, Tucson and southern Arizona formed the very last chunk of land to be added to the lower 48 US states in 1853.
  6. And 700 years from now? Who knows.


  1. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Very interesting

    1. History in pictures beats history without pictures.

  2. Wow, interesting history lesson. I wonder if the taste of root beer was similar to what it is now. It’s been a while since I’ve tasted it, but now I want to again.

    1. Hmm. I hadn’t thought to wonder about the taste, just the price.

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