Making mirrors

Making mirrors

Tucson, Ariz. – A recipe for how to make an 8.4-meter telescope mirror: Ingredient: About 44,000 pounds of glass chunks. Instructions: Load glass chunks into 27-foot diameter mold. Place mold in giant spinning oven and set for five revolutions-per-minute. Cook...
“The kinds of things he believed, he tried to live…”

“The kinds of things he believed, he tried to live…”

Longtime residents of Tucson, Arizona, remember the area as “prison camp.” From 1939 to 1973, it was the Catalina Federal Honor Camp. The inmates who built the Catalina Highway up Mount Lemmon were the original occupants. Conscientious objectors were also housed there...
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 side. It...
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...

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