It has quite the interesting history and for hundreds of years has been a town at the center of cultural mixing and political clashes. Over the years Tucson has been the home to Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans, Mormons, Confederates, and eventually Americans. In the late 1800s Chinese were brought to work on the railroad and eventually settled in Tucson. Their presence could have been a point of conflict but they worked well with Mexicans and Americans alike. The University of Arizona was founded in 1885 and contributed to the areas growth. For some reason people were drawn to Tucson and the city continued to grow. It could easily have been the capital of Arizona but Phoenix outpaced it and won out.
Sometime next winter I would like to go and visit Tucson to see the sites and for some winter time fun. Mt. Lemmon is officially the southernmost skiing destination in the United States. Can you believe a mountain less than 100 miles from the US-Mexico border gets enough snow for skiing? It’s mind boggling to me! Especially because in the summertime temperatures can easily be over 100 degrees. The mountain and ski lifts are open during the summer and fall seasons too. I’m sure there are excellent views at the top!