Tucson Locals Insider

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Sprawled across the Sonoran desert valley at an elevation of 2,400 feet, and surrounded by four mountain ranges, Tucson is the second most populated city in Arizona, and is part of the Arizona Sun Corridor. Known as ‘The Old Pueblo’, the area is known for its rich southwest history, diverse scenery, local cuisine, and dedication to the arts. In fact, Tucson is the first place in the United States to be honored with the Capital of Gastronomy designation.


Tucson was founded on August 20, 1775, though once part of Mexico, the city officially became part of the United States in 1854. Tucson experienced the Wild West era of 1860-1880, and then with the Southern Pacific Railroad’s arrival in 1880, its multicultural roots grew with new residents who adopted customs of the Tohono O’odham Indians and Mexicans living here.


Although the Native American, Mexican, Mexican American and Western atmosphere has been preserved, Tucson has become a cosmopolitan city boasting performing arts centers, museums and galleries, and the host of numerous trade shows and expos, and annual sporting events and cultural festivals including the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, Tucson Festival of Books, World Golf Championships, Tucson International Mariachi Conference,


Local highlights include Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Mount Lemmon, El Presidio Historic District, Barrio Historico, Arizona Historical Society Museum, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona State Museum, DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Fort Lowell Park and Museum, Old Pueblo Trolley, Old Tucson Studios, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Catalina State Park, and Colossal Cave.


Listen to this special Big Blend Radio ‘Local’s Insider’ show focusing on what it’s like to live, work and play in Tucson. The show also includes a special Tucson Hollywood History segment by Steve Schneickert, and the song “Chair Beneath a Tree” by local singer-songwriter Wally Lawder.


Featured “Tucson Locals” on Big Blend Radio include:

Lance Laber Executive Director of the DeGrazia Foundation and DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
Katie Gannon – Program Director of the Trees for Tucson program for Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Inc.
Stacy Fowler – Director of Business Development for BrakeMax & Founder of Tucson Business Networking LLC


Listen to our Big Blend Radio ‘Tucson Locals Insider’ show, while piecing together this online jigsaw puzzle of Sabino Canyon in Tucson. Use the full screen icon to make it easier. Use your mouse roller or arrow keys to rotate the puzzle pieces and click and drag to put the pieces in place. Use the Image Icon to see the picture and the Ghost Icon to set your workspace.

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun One Hour Walk


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