Making Mirrors

Making Mirrors

Tucson, Ariz. – A recipe for how to make a 8.4-meter telescope mirror: Ingredient: About 44,000 pounds of glass chunks. Instructions: Load all glass chunks into 27-foot diameter mold. Place mold in giant spinning oven and set for 5 revolutions-per-minute. Cook...
“The Kinds of Things He Believed, He Tried to Live…”

“The Kinds of Things He Believed, He Tried to Live…”

Tucson, Ariz. – Longtime Tucsonans remember the area as Prison Camp. From 1939 to 1973, it was the Catalina Federal Prison Camp. The inmates who built the Catalina Highway were the original occupants. Conscientious objectors were also housed there during WW II....
Re-enacting the Civil War in the Southwest

Re-enacting the Civil War in the Southwest

Picacho Pass, Ariz. – On April 15, 1862, two small groups of Union and Confederate soldiers fought a battle in central Arizona. The engagement left several Union troops dead, including the detachment’s commanding officer, and wounded several men on each...
A Kartchner Caverns Tour With Gary Tenan

A Kartchner Caverns Tour With Gary Tenan

Benson, Ariz. – About 40 miles southeast of Tucson, under the limestone rock of the Whetstone Mountains, lies a vast, living cave called Kartchner Caverns. It was discovered in 1974 by Gary Tenan and Randy Tufts, two amateur cavers from Tucson. A small cleft in...
Author Byrd Baylor Celebrates the Desert

Author Byrd Baylor Celebrates the Desert

Arivaca, Ariz. – Byrd Baylor’s love of the desert serves as both setting and subject for her writing. She’s best known for her children’s books, mostly set in the Southwest and populated with Native Americans and desert creatures. After years...

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