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