Friday, July 26, 2013

Arizona Historical Society Museum Tucson, Arizona July 16, 2013

                    Historical map of the Southwest

From now on this blog will mostly center on Arizona's museums, history and hiking adventures.

Location and General Information: At the southern  end of the University of Arizona (UA) on East 2nd Street is the Arizona Historical Society Museum. Exhibits in the museum trace Arizona's history from its founding through the Apache Wars to present day. A huge section is devoted to Tucson's history as well as mining. If you want to read everything I would allocate at least two hours to the museum. Displays are well done and very informative. The Arizona Historical Society has also preserved many original documents in an archival library used by researchers.

Entrance fees and hours:  It cost $5 per person to visit. The museum is open Monday-Saturday 10-4 pm. Parking on campus when UA is in session is very difficult I would suggest parking at the Tyndall Parking Garage or walking to campus. In future it will be possible to ride a trolley to University Avenue from downtown. This system is almost complete with test runs scheduled to take place soon.

                            Part of quilt made to celebrate Arizona's centennial 1912-2012

                                        Another section of the quilt

                                Monument Valley at the top
                                Colorado River Ports and history

                         Carriages were important in the United States before the automobile

                                 Cattle brands in early Arizona

                           Geronimo and his outlaw Apache warriors

            The exile of Geronimo and 43 Apache prisoners to Fort Madison in Florida and later Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

                 Cornish Miners (from England) were highly valued in Arizona mines.

               Chinese laborers throughout the west were treated very poorly. They didn't work in mines and many opened businesses.

                        Miners used Stamp Mills to help process the  ore.

                    Ed Shieffelin silver and gold prospector. Located first silver claim in Tombstone, Arizona.

                            Scale used to assay ore to determine is value.

                     Assayers chemicals

                         Stamp used to crush the ore.

                                      Display on the Battle at Piacho Peak in northern Arizona

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