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October 13th, 2017

All the Random Facts About Tucson You’ll Ever Need

Ahh, Tucson.

Whether you think you’re an expert on the city or you’ve never been there – you’ll probably learn a thing or two from this list.

There’s a wealth of off-the-beaten-path information that may make you look at Tucson, Arizona (you got that one right!) in a different light!

Check out the fun, wild and weird that’s Tucson.

You need your shades

Tucson has the distinction of being the sunniest city in the whole country.

Some of us still couldn’t get a tan….

Fore!

The city continues to be near the top of the lists of the best golfing destinations in the western U.S.

Take me out to the ballgame

Tucson is the only U.S. city that’s the spring training location for three MLB teams. They host the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Chicago White Sox and the Colorado Rockies.

Birders unite!

If you’re a bird watcher, you need to visit Tucson.

You’ll earn major bird-watching street cred because (other than the Amazon Rainforest) it’s home to more species of birds than any other place on Earth!

If that doesn’t get your tail feathers in a bunch, nothing will.

This is a stick-up!

1877 to 1878 wasn’t a good time to frequent Tucson’s stage-coach scene.

This span saw a series of stage-coach robberies that struck fear into the region.

Respect your elders

You may have known that Tucson is the oldest city in Arizona, but it’s still a pretty cool fact.

Plus, it was actually a city before Arizona was even a state.

Your wish is my command

Barbara Eden, or Jeannie of I Dream of Jeannie fame, is a famous Tucsonian.

She was born in the city in 1931.

Take a deep breath

Because you can!

Tucson is third on the list of the cities with the cleanest air in the nation.

Your random fact for the day

There’s really no other way to put it.

Tucson is the northernmost point on the Earth in which you can find a jaguar.

For real.

Ouch

Tucson is located right in the middle of the largest concentration of Saguaro cacti in the world.

You may want to make sure your health insurance is up-to-date if you decide to venture out for a hike.

Time to take a load off

If retirement is on your mind, you may want to consider Tucson.

AARP rated it one of the 10 best places to retire if you’re a nature lover.

I Knew You When…

See what I did there?

It’s the title of a song by another famous Tucsonian, Linda Ronstadt.

She was born in the city in 1946.

She even has a downtown bus station named after her.

Putting the wild in the wild west

The very first photograph taken in Tucson has an interesting story.

The photo shows 100 defendants in front of the original courthouse.

They’re standing with the judge who acquitted them of the murders of more than 100 peaceful Apache who were living peacefully in the area.

In later years, the event came to be called The Camp Grant Massacre.

The Neverending Story

One of the largest dry caverns in the world, the aptly named Colossal Cave, is located right in good ol’ Tucson.

If you decide to check it out, you may want to pack a lunch – or several.

Explorers have yet to find its end.

Livin’ in a cyclist’s paradise

If biking is high on your list of priorities, Tucson may be a dream come true.

It boasts 630 miles of bike paths. That’s six hundred and thirty.

That could keep you busy for awhile.

The more you know

See? Tucson is a lot more than meets the eye!

The next time you and your friends are sitting around, talking about this Arizona city, you’ll have more than your fair share to add to the conversation.

Do you live in Tucson but were surprised at some of these facts? Which ones?

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