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Monday, February 9, 2009

Visiting Tucson Arizona 1850

Visiting Tucson....The Rantings of J. Ross Browne

J. Ross Browne, a wandering journalist, visited Tucson in the late 1850s and had this to say: "Tucson was a place of resort for traders, speculators, gamblers, horse thieves, murderers and vagrant politicians. Men who were no longer permitted to live in California found the climate of Tucson congenial to their health. If the world were searched over I suppose there could not be found so degraded a set of villains as then formed the principal society of Tucson. Every man went armed to the teeth, and street fights and bloody affrays were of daily occurrence. It was literally a paradise of devils." And that was before the indictment.