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Friday, February 27, 2009

University of Arizona Junior Organizes Prom Gown Donations!

Every morning I take a short drive over to my parents home. This is the home where I lived as a child and also where my Horses live. My 86 year old mother is a voracious reader. She reads the newspaper front to back and collects articles to share with her friends and family. On Saturday February 21st, 2009 the Arizona Daily Star wrote an article regarding a group of University of Arizona students. These students identified a need in our community and have organized a program where people can donate their used Prom/Ball/Graduation gowns.

Between 10 am and 4pm every Friday until the end of March 2009, people can donate gowns at the University of Arizona Mall. An email address was provided as

I was very inspired by the article and wanted to get the information out there!

These girls really have the Cowgirl Spirit!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sharla Brown Jump Clinic Postponed!

LAHorseRidingdue to lots of rain, sharla brown jump clinic now Sunday, March 15. call 818-569-3666 for the 411.

Contagious Equine Metritis

News Worthy: United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, following:

"What is CEM?Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) is a sexually transmitted disease among horses caused by a bacteria Taylorella equigenitalis. Clinical signs may include a mucopurulent vaginal discharge in up to 40% of affected mares, abortion and infertility. Stallions typically show no clinical signs. Stallions and mares can become chronic carriers of CEM and be sources of infection for future outbreaks. The transmission rate is high and naturally occurs by mating, but contaminated instruments and equipment may be an indirect source of infecting mares and stallions. The bacteria can also be spread via semen collected for artificial insemination."

click on the link to read current news!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Unwanted Horses

Unwanted Horse Coalition1616 H Street, NW7th FloorWashington, DC 20006202-296-4031202-296-1970 (fax)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros

Our annual rodeo is off and running! If you are looking at the results, just follow this link for information.

Where is Geronimos Skull?

Headline News this afternoon: I asking "where is Geronimo's skull" ??? His family claims in 1918 Yale stole it..... letter from Yale's secret order of "bonesmen" states that the skull is in their Tomb. Fox News has a good article @

Monday, February 23, 2009

Rodeo Week In Tucson Arizona

When we are young children a vacation from school is always welcome. Well in Tucson Arizona the last week of February is always Rodeo Vacation! How cool is that? Tucson Unified School district schedules Thursday and Friday as "Rodeo Vacation" When I was young, I thought all schools had Rodeo Vacation! I rode in our Rodeo Parade "La Fiesta de los Vaqueros" (The Fiest of the Cowboy's) I rode once as Old Fashion Fire Engines! On a budget of about $0 dollars, we died the sheets red and made ladders out of scrap wood and painted them black! Once I rode representing the 3 styles of horseback riding; English, Western and Bareback. I also rode with my 4-H group.... don't remember much about that except I needed "kelly green" pants. My mom shopped for those pants without much luck. We rode through the downtown area and it was really great fun!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Friday Night Bull Riding At Rawhide in Phoenix

DescriptionFrom Event details at!: All ages can participate in open bull riding. Times are at 7:30 and 9 p.m. To compete in bull riding, sign up through R.C. Mercer Livestock and Rodeo. See Web site for dates.

Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass
5700 W. North Loop Road
Chandler, 85226

October 3, 2008 - May 29, 2009
Friday, 7:30 PM

PRICE: $3 - $7 : $7; $3 for ages 3-12
PHONE: 480-502-5600

From Official Website: Friday Night Bull Riding has returned to Rawhide. It takes place in the Livery; is sanctioned by the Southwest Pro Bull Riders and consists of open bull riding, novice bull riding and sheep riding for the kids.
Show times at night: 7:30pm & 9:00pm.
Admission Cost:
$7.00 for adults and $3 for kids (ages 3 to 12). Entry fee if you are interested in riding:
$75 for open bull riding.
$65 for novice riders.
$1 for sheep riding.
If you are interested in riding, please contact RC Mercer at 602-237-3000 .
Cost$3 - $7 : $7; $3 for ages 3-12

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Facebook and Intellectual Property

On Facebook, People Own and Control Their InformationShare
by Mark Zuckerberg Mon 3:09pm
A couple of weeks ago, we updated our terms of use to clarify a few points for our users. A number of people have raised questions about our changes, so I'd like to address those here. I'll also take the opportunity to explain how we think about people's information.

Our philosophy is that people own their information and control who they share it with. When a person shares information on Facebook, they first need to grant Facebook a license to use that information so that we can show it to the other people they've asked us to share it with. Without this license, we couldn't help people share that information.

One of the questions about our new terms of use is whether Facebook can use this information forever. When a person shares something like a message with a friend, two copies of that information are created—one in the person's sent messages box and the other in their friend's inbox. Even if the person deactivates their account, their friend still has a copy of that message. We think this is the right way for Facebook to work, and it is consistent with how other services like email work. One of the reasons we updated our terms was to make this more clear.

In reality, we wouldn't share your information in a way you wouldn't want. The trust you place in us as a safe place to share information is the most important part of what makes Facebook work. Our goal is to build great products and to communicate clearly to help people share more information in this trusted environment.

We still have work to do to communicate more clearly about these issues, and our terms are one example of this. Our philosophy that people own their information and control who they share it with has remained constant. A lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective of the rights we need to provide this service to you. Over time we will continue to clarify our positions and make the terms simpler.

Still, the interesting thing about this change in our terms is that it highlights the importance of these issues and their complexity. People want full ownership and control of their information so they can turn off access to it at any time. At the same time, people also want to be able to bring the information others have shared with them—like email addresses, phone numbers, photos and so on—to other services and grant those services access to those people's information. These two positions are at odds with each other. There is no system today that enables me to share my email address with you and then simultaneously lets me control who you share it with and also lets you control what services you share it with.

We're at an interesting point in the development of the open online world where these issues are being worked out. It's difficult terrain to navigate and we're going to make some missteps, but as the leading service for sharing information we take these issues and our responsibility to help resolve them very seriously. This is a big focus for us this year, and I'll post some more thoughts on openness and these other issues soon.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Important Changes to Facebook

Facebook Privacy Change Sparks Federal Complaint
JR Raphael, PC World

Feb 17, 2009 3:37 pm

facebook faces privacy backlash over change in terms of use of networkThe backlash against Facebook's updated privacy policies is about to expand. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is preparing to file a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over the social network's updated licenses, PC World has learned.

"We think that Facebook should go back to its original terms of service," says EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg.

EPIC expects to have its complaint submitted to the FTC by the end of Tuesday.

Wide-Reaching Reaction

The wave of reaction, of course, is hardly limited to official organizations. More than 38,000 Facebook users have joined a user group protesting the change, and countless blogs and news sites have written extensively about their concerns. The issue comes down to a couple of alterations within the company's terms of use that, it would seem, give Facebook eternal ownership of your personal content--even if you decide to delete your account.

The changes were actually made in early February but not widely noticed until Sunday, when The Consumerist's Chris Walters stumbled upon the subtly shifted language. The section in question explains how Facebook has an "irrevocable, perpetual" license to use your "name, likeness, and image" in essentially any way, including within promotions or external advertising.

That clause, Walters noted, wasn't new. What had changed was that a sentence at the end of the paragraph was now mysteriously missing. The deleted line stated that the license would "automatically expire" if you removed your content. With that line omitted, Facebook's license to use your content is simply "perpetual" and "irrevocable," even decades after you delete your stuff.

Damage Control Doubt

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has attempted to calm the concerns, posting a blog entry stating that "people own their information" and that Facebook "wouldn't share [it] in a way you wouldn't want." As an example of why the controversial clause is needed in its updated form, Zuckerberg explains that even if you were to delete your account, any messages you had sent to a friend would still remain in his inbox--so Facebook requires the expanded rights to make sure that could happen.

Isn't that a far cry, though, from anything that'd warrant retaining a "perpetual" license to "use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, [and] adapt" any content you've ever uploaded, including the option to "use your name, likeness and image for any purpose"?

Something doesn't quite add up.

Social Network Comparisons

Hey, maybe I'm misreading this. Could Facebook just be catching up with social network standards? Could everyone be overreacting?

Turns out, no. MySpace's terms of use agreement grants the company the license to use your non-private content only within MySpace-related services. Moreover--and perhaps more important--MySpace notes that once you delete something from its site, it "will cease distribution as soon as practicable, and at such time when distribution ceases, the license will terminate."

With Twitter, the company's terms of service state it "claim[s] no intellectual property rights over the material you provide" and that "you can remove your profile at any time by deleting your account."

Even YouTube, owned by privacy advocate punching bag Google, limits its license to use your content at will. The license will "terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your user videos," the service's terms of service say.

Facebook's neverending lease on your online life, then, isn't exactly the norm. Perhaps you can take comfort in the fact, though, that Facebook could change its policies again without ever telling you. "We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change or delete portions of these terms at any time without further notice," Facebook's agreement says. "Your continued use of the Facebook service after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the new terms."

Well, that's at least reassuring. Anyone else having Beacon flashbacks right now?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Two Naughty Girls on a Warm Winter afternoon

I just heard from daughter that the delivery guy did in fact load the hay in the barn and then he locked the gate on the way out....... well when I was her age I wouldn't have know where my keys were either, so she had to call to the main house and wait for grandma to get out to the gate with a key...... then once she got the gate open....... she was tricked by the prangsters; Elizabeth and Star. Evidently they were determined to continued their afternoon escapades and escaped into Aunt Helen's big field! There they snooped around the Horse Trailer, checked out the bird food, nibbled on some free growing bermuda grass. Sister told me they could not be bribed with pellets, or treats! So now, Daughter had to use all her Cowgirl skills today! Both of the playful girls are blanketed and back in the corral with Sydney and Max. Whew.... that's what makes horses so much fun!

The How to on Creating Lariat Art

The How to on Creating Lariat Art
By Elizabeth Sahd

Elizabeth Sahd
Level: Basic

In 1998, a friend who team ropes, gave me a basket made from his used lariats. I had never seen anything like it. It was great! You could put a plant, pens, or the five remotes that sat on top of my TV in it. After receiving this basket, I was determined to create my own lariat items.

I have used many ways to hold the rope together, such as hot glue and a propane torch. I can tell you the best way is with a soldering iron. An iron with a wide tip, and heats up to 750 degrees is the best. You do not want the iron too hot; it will unravel your rope, especially if you have a real crisp one. With 750 degrees, the rope melts gradually and you can work with it better. Oh, and you might want to purchase welding gloves, sometimes your hand will slip and well, it hurts!

One lariat is usually 32 to 35 feet long. I can make a small basket with one lariat. Dimensions are about 8 inches diameter x 6-7 inches high. At one end of the rope there is a hondo, at the other end, a tassel. Take either end to start with, make a loop and where the rope meets take your soldering iron and seal the seam. You are basically melting the rope together and it creates it's own glue. There is smoke produced, so I recommend doing this outside for the smoke is a bit toxic. You can repeat your melting in a couple inch intervals or one continuous line. You will notice that with inch intervals it creates a pattern down your basket, which is nice. When you get a few loops into your basket, try to judge the amount of rope it will take to make the bottom of your basket. You will want to save a foot or so of the end of the lariat to add to the top of your basket. You connect the tassel into the hondo for a complete look.

Then, get creative! Add conchos, feathers or make a design on the outside with your soldering iron. The possibilities are endless. Experiment with shapes as well. Of course they will be roundish, just because of the natural bend in the rope, but you can start small at the top of your basket and widen out or start wide and end narrow, like a vase.

Elizabeth Sahd has been working from home since 2004. She can be reached at or Gettin' A Little Western

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Superstition Mountain Museum

Just wanted to Re-post with this comment from the Museum.

Ricky Peterson has left a new comment on your post "The Superstition Mountain Museum": Very informative post.

Superstitious Mountain lies to the east of Apache Junction Arizona. You can meet the mountain lions, amphibian forms, black bears, bobcats, coyote and javelina while visiting Superstition Mountain. It is cruel play area with tortuous highs and lows in temperature. In the months of September to June climate is reasonably moderate. Dont fail to visit deserted ghost towns, chronological museums and hiking tracks. You can enjoy activities like fishing, boat rides in Verde River, Canyon and Saguaro lakes. For more details refer Superstitious Mountain
Lost Dutchman Mine Legend - Apache Junction, Arizona

Lost Dutchman AZ Guides
Geological AZ History
Natural History AZ Legends
Native American AZ Field Guides
Military Lost Dutchman Books
Elvis Chapel Cowboy Humor Books
Apacheland Barn Children Books
About Us Elvis Chapel Shirt
Location Etched Bricks
Events Marquees

The Superstition Mountain Museum collects, preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region.

Perhaps nowhere in the entire United States is there an area full of legend, history and intrigue as the rugged 160,000 acre Superstition Mountain range in Central Arizona.

Archeological evidence indicates that people were here some 9000 years ago. Later inhabitants included the Salado, Hohokam and Apache Indians, followed by Spanish explorers and Mexican Gold Miners. Early American trappers and adventurers migrated to the area and were soon followed by cattlemen and farmers. Eventually, the U.S. Cavalry was sent in to establish forts to protect this rapidly population.

As modern times approached, men and women began searching for what they believed was the richest gold mine in the world. This mine was made famous by Jacob Waltz, known as "the Dutchman", who took the secret of "his mine" to the grave in 1891.

Even today, treasure hunters scour the mountains searching for the Lost Dutchman Mine, but now they share the region with campers, hikers, horseback riders and conservationists in what has officially become the Superstition Wilderness Area.

The Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum is located 3½ miles NE of Apache Junction at 4087 N. Apache Trail.. Get a feeling of what the ol' west was really like back at the turn of the century. The museum has a variety of exhibits and is open 364 days a year.
This 20 stamp ore crusher, was donated in 1989 by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jones of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Twenty eight days were required for five men to disassemble and move the mill to Apache Junction, Arizona. This mill was state of the art technology for recovering gold in the 1800s.

Rare, historical, surviving equipment of this nature today, can be counted on one hand, let alone in such great condition.

Exhibits : Lost Dutchman Geological Natural History Native American Military Elvis Chapel Apacheland Barn

Book Store : AZ Legends Lost Dutchman Field Guides Cowboy Humor Children's AZ History

The Lost Dutchman Goldmine Museum - Superstition Wilderness - Apache Junction Arizona

Map of Apache Junction Are

This map and all contents (C) 2008 by Richard Allen. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A History of Tucson Arizona, Pima County

The Old Pueblo of Arizona
By A. H: CONDRON, secretary Tucson Chamber of Commerce
From Progressive Arizona 1925
THE history of Pima County, as recorded in the chronicles of los conquistadores, reads like a romance. if space would permit, a most interesting’ history could be told.. The accounts of the wanderings of Alvarez Nnez, passing through this country a quarter of a century before the Spaniards founded St. Augustine, and the expedition of Padre Marcus de Niza, made for the purpose of verifying Nuez’s stories of the Seven Cities of Cibola, furnishes material for many lengthy chapters, and the story of the march of Coronado (the following year~ 1540) from Culiacan through the country of the Pimas, down the valley of the Santa Cruz, by the present site of Tucson, and across the Pima settlements to the Gila River, has made an interesting volume by McClintock in his “History of Arizona”. The records of Spain show that the King of Spain granted a charter for the Pueblo del Tucson in 1552. A story will soon be told which will probably establish .IEuropean occupation of Tucson about the eighth century. The greatest story of all recorded is the coming of Padre Kino, who came out of Mexico and founded missions a day’s journey apart far into the interior of what is now the State of Arizona; in 1692 this worthy Jesuit established San Xavier del Bac, the most wonderful mission on the American continent. This Mission today is in excellent state of preservation, and services have been held there almost continuously since its founding. This shrine is located nine miles south of Tucson and is visited annually by tourists. Architectural students from all over the world come in order to study the distinctive architecture of this edifice.
About the middle of the eighteenth century, the Apaches arose in revolt, after which the Spanish government erected a presidio at Tucson and maintained a garrison here for the protection of their people. Tucson remained a walled village until 1847, giving our city the distinction of being the only walled city in the United States. A part of this wall still remains as evidence of this period. In 1853 Arizona became a territory of the United States by the Gadsden Purchase, and for years Pima County was protected by the United States troops garrisoned at Tucson. One of the cherished landmarks remaining is old Fort Lowell.
The development of Tucson during the territorial days was very slow. In 1910 the population was less than 13,000. However, since that time there has been an increase of 150%, and today Tucson has a population of 33,000, largely made up of the former residents of every state in the Union and from many foreign countries. There is probably no city in the Southwest which has a more cosmopolitan population, and this fact probably bespeaks the reason for its rapid development during the last ten years.
Back in the territorial days a trip to Tucson was tedious and exceedingly dangerous because of the frequent raids of roving bands of savage Indians. These trips had to be made by the old stage coach, The Butterfield Stage brought passengers and mail by relay from Kansas City to Yuma, practically passing over the present Bankhead Highway and part of the Old Spanish Trails. This mode of travel did not invite a great influx of settlers to this land of sunshine. Those who did come were mainly the hardy pioneers who were seeking new western locations in the quest of gold or other rich minerals known to exist in the mountains of Arizona. Contrast that means of transportation with the present excellent’ improved highway, “The Main Street through Arizona,” which entices over 20,000 out of the state cars, with over 100,000 tourists to enjoy Arizona’s wonderful highways and to be brought in touch with our romance, scenic and historic points of interest and to learn of the unbelievable development of the resources of our great Southwest, further to realize the great future of the City of Sunshine as the hub of the Southwest and the Gateway to the West Coast of Mexico. It is no wonder that the coming of the Southern Pacific in 1880 was heralded as one of the greatest factors of development for Tucson, as it meant the safe and easy transportation not only for the settler, but for the shipping of mineral wealth, cattle and agricultural products of Pima County-but also afforded a means of comfortable transportation for the settler who came from the east and developed the country through its last forty-five years of progress. In the last twelve years, the Southern Pacific has expanded its trade territory out of Tucson and is now working on its program of completing its system down the west coast of Mexico via Nogales, Arizona, and on to Mexico City, thus tapping the rich coastal plain of our sister Republic. The rail development has indeed been an important attribute to the development of the West - and Tucson has enjoyed its full share of this good fortune. The Old Pueblo is now actively engaged in the program of aerial mail extension and commercial and military aviation. With a vision of aviation’s future as a means of transportation, the city has been assisting our government in its aviation program by donating land which is leased to the government and equipped as one of the best aviation fields between El Paso and San Diego. The future program calls for a 1280-acre field valued at approximately a quarter of a million dollars on which an extensive construction program will be carried out to make the air port at Tucson the aviation base of the Southwest.

Arizona, a state only since 1912, with an area of 113,956 square miles and comparatively small population, but with a percentage of increase equal to the most progressive western states, has not lost sight of its educational program. The taxpayers have been generous in this respect and our school system is rated as the second in the United States. The University of Arizona, located at Tucson, has achieved national recognition and stands as one of the leading state universities. Its College of Mines and College of Agriculture have been largely responsible for the development made in these industries and are rated as among the best in the country. The campus of the University is a garden spot - the buildings are modern and fully equipped. The new library, just finished, is without a doubt the finest building in Arizona. The enrollment has shown a steady increase-this semester, about fourteen per cent-which brings the total year’s enrollment up to about twenty-eight hundred students. The Old Pueblo has kept abreast with the state educational program in its city schools, Of the fourteen grammar schools, eight were constructed during the past three years at a cost of $400,000.00 and a new High School, costing $750,000.00, was dedicated last Fall.. The Admirably located at the foot of the beautiful Rincon Mountains is the famous Evans School for Boys. There are also several parochial schools located in our city.
Tucson has excellent transportation facilities for industrial development, but, to date, the city cannot ma e many claims in comparison with some of the other western cities famed for their industries. However, such industries that have been established are of a sound nature. The further development of the natural resources adjacent to Tucson will bring about the establishment of other industries; this year: through the three years of cotton growing in Pima County, has been established a cottonseed oil mill and a large cotton compress. One of the large farm companies is making an investigation for the location of a large cold storage plant and a creamery. Progress has been made for the construction of an ore sampling works to handle the output of small prospectors; there are 17,000 mining claims recorded in Pima County, and many of these could be put into operation, bringing in good returns from the smelting of lead, zinc, silver and copper ores.
The outlook in mining, with the steady increase of metal prices, is very promising. Arizona produces about one-half of the copper in the United States. At Ajo, in the western end of Pima County, is located the New Cornelia Copper Company, which is one of the largest producers in the state. A radius of 150 miles from Tucson incloses all of the largest copper mining companies in Arizona with the exception of one. This has long since placed Tucson as the center of the mining industry of our state. The early days of Arizona were practically given over to mining, followed by cattle raising and agriculture. Some of the finest cattle breeding grounds in the United States are located in southern Arizona. Recently, several of the foresighted cattlemen have gone into the breeding of high-bred stock and are thereby doing their bit to build up the ranges. The cutting up of the ranges into small cattle ranches has caused intensified development of irrigable agricultural lands in this county with the result that today Pima County is taking its place with other counties in Arizona in a high yield per acre in cotton, alfalfa and truck garden products. The figures of the record in agricultural production in the county best shows strides in this development: In 1920 there was not a bale of cotton grown; today the crop is 10,000 bales. Previous to 1913 there was only one small dairy in existence; today the dairy industry is valued at three-quarters of a million dollars. The poultry industry, back in 1912, was a failure, as practically all of the eggs at that time supplied in Tucson were shipped in and local production received no recognition ; today poultry offers one of the greatest agricultural possibilities, with a local market valued at a half million dollars, and has, this year, already netted a very few poultrymen about a hundred and twenty thousand income. Fruit raising has been conducted in an experimental stage, with a result that grapes and peaches have proven their worth as horticultural crop.
Besides being the hub of the mining and cattle raising industries of southern Arizona, Tucson has become recognized as one of the leading resort sections of the county. This is mainly due to its unexcelled climate-coupled with its background of history, romance and scenic attractions. A recent writer of authority from the east paid tribute to the Old Pueblo in stating that it was the hub of the scenic beauty and historic lore of the Southwest. Tucson climate has been written in the Encyclopedia Britannica as comparable to that of Egypt, and this has-by the aid of properly prepared publicity and literature-attracted thousands of newcomers to our City of Sunshine and has likewise awakened our leaders of vision to interest the community in its own tourist hotel "El Conquistador" which is under construction at a cost of half a million dollars.
The community leaders have foreseen the future Tucson and the citizens have responded to their progress of civic development. In the past four years. twenty miles of paving has been laid with in the city, two million and quarter dollars have been spent under the city improvements act since 1912 four new church buildings have been erected. a new music temple has been projected.. Park and street beautification has received the attention of the city administration, and a practically new water system has been installed ( furnishing an excellent supply of pure water from deep wells and assuring an ample and good supply for the city ). The city has offered its co-operation in giving a site to the government for a three quarters of a million dollar Federal building, badly needed to adequately quarter the Post office and other Federal offices established here, and a site has also been offered the Government for its permanent and enlarged hospital.

The 21st Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival 2009


Arizona Renaissance Web Site
Rain or Shine - No Pets - Free Parking
What: The 21st Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival 2009

Where: East of Apache Junction on US Highway 60, near the Superstition Mountains.

When: AZ Renaissance Festival is held on eight consecutive weekends (Saturdays, Sundays, and Presidents’ Day Monday) from February 9, 2009 through March 29, 2009. The AZ Festival runs from 10AM until 6:00PM, rain or shine.

Advance Discount Tickets: $18 for adults, $8 for kids ages 5-12, available on line or at Fry’s Food and Drug Stores state wide. Children under 5 are always free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $2 more. Senior discount tickets (60 and over) are $17 at the gate.

Parking: FREE courtesy of Fry’s and Fry’s Marketplace

Information: Call 520.463.2700.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Visiting Tucson 2009 Things to Do Around Tucson

Just south of Tucson is a Historical Icon, the San Xavier Mission, located on the Tohono O'odham reservation. This Catholic Church is one of the oldest practicing parishes in the New World.

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.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

First Rodeo Parade 1925 Tucson

Headline in the Arizona Daily Star in 1925 reads:
"Cowboys are asked not to shoot up the town"

Tucson in 1925 was a frontier town: The first Tucson Rodeo was held in the middle of Prohibition. With so many visitors expected, decisions were made to clean up the town. Arizona State Prohibition Director Frank Pool led a force of federal officials to town two weeks prior to the rodeo. The Arizona Daily Star reported that 25 stills were captured and an estimated 300 gallons of moonshine destroyed. T-bone steaks sold for .27 a pound. A Stetson hat cost $8. Prizes at the 1925 Rodeo Parade included a 750-lb. block of ice, 100 lbs. of potatoes and a "Big Cactusî" ham.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Rodeo Parade Museum

The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum
Open to the public ....Monday - Saturday 9:30 until 3:30.

Plan to tour the Parade Museum to see one of the world's largest
collections of horse-drawn vehicles and a replication of Tucson
in the early 1900s.

2007-2008 MUSEUM DATES:
Groups may schedule a private tour almost anytime during the year.
Go to the museum page for more information.

Open to the public: December 10, 2007
Closed December 24, 2007 thru January 1, 2008*
Re-opens January 2, 2008 thru March 16, 2008.
for more information go to Parade Museum

Open .... Monday thru Saturday 9:30am to 3:30pm.
(closed Sunday)

La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tucson Rodeo

February is one of my favorite months of the year. In Tucson we have our annual Rodeo and Parade "La Fiesta de los Vaqueros" or The Cowboy's Party. I rode in the Rodeo and the Parade during my youth. The parade uses no motorized vehicles.
It is just good organic fun for the family and community!

February 21-March 1, 2009
SCHEDULE: Events dates and times for 2009 Tucson Rodeo
PARADE: Thurs., Feb 26, 2009, 9AM
RODEO: Feb. 21-March 1, 2009
How to Speak "Rodeo"
Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum: Jan. 5-April 18, 2009