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Ambitious road leading to Mt. Lemmon has an interesting history

Construction of the highway up the south face of the Catalina Mountains proved slow and difficult, taking more than a decade. But for hundreds of thousands of county residents, the winding road presents the promise of a respite from the desert heat.... Read more»

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Pima County has long history of helping those in need

Pima County has provided for the less fortunate in one way or another since its earliest days, more often than not in partnership with community groups.... Read more»

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Nabor Pacheco served as Pima County's first Mexican-American sheriff

Since the very beginning, Mexican-Americans have been prominent in local politics, but have largely been underrepresented in elected office.... Read more»

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County Attorney Schafer led murder prosecution of notorious 'Pied Piper' Schmid

The history of Pima County includes a number of fascinating trials, the stories of these each speak to a specific time and place. The tragic and bizarre trial of murderer Charles Schmid in 1966 is no exception. The case brought unwanted scrutiny to Tucson, and drew the attention of a nationally famous trial lawyer. ... Read more»1

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When the governor & county attorney clashed

The 1960s were a time of transition for Arizona as the state's rapid postwar growth transformed its political leanings from Democratic to Republican. Into this political turmoil stepped a crusading Pima County attorney whose career ambitions led him to feud with a reform-minded governor from Tucson.... Read more»

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Troubled legacy: Barrio razing paved way for Downtown gov't construction

Half a century ago, the city of Tucson, in the name of progress, razed the oldest and most vibrant neighborhood in Arizona, a move that continues to inspire lingering bitterness in the community. Though the project was driven by the city, Pima County had a role in what occurred, and the aftermath transformed county government.... Read more»

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Quijotoa: The mining town that was

For most of Pima County's history, Tucson, by far our largest city, was also our only incorporated municipality. As other communities quite distant from the county seat would emerge with mining booms and railroad development, officials were left with the problem of how to adequately serve residents there. ... Read more»

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Removing Az politicians from office not unprecedented

Earlier this month, Arizonans were treated to the rare spectacle of the State House of Representatives voting to remove one of their own for misbehavior in office. The press was quick to point out that this was not an unprecedented act, but one would have to go back 70 years to see when it happened before. Clearly, this is an extreme measure. ... Read more»