Bonus Episode Tucson Fun Facts

Here is the 411 on the Tucson area from Professor Frances our wonderful staff member. Thank you Frances.

The Tucson Rodeo Parade is the largest non-motorized parade in the world.
2. With 350 days of sunshine a year, Tucson is literally the sunniest city in the United States.
3. Tucsonans dream of Genie: Barbara Eden was born here in 1931.
4. Aside from the Amazon Rainforest, Tucson is home to more bird species than any other region on earth.
5. American Quarter Horse Racing as we know it in the United States began at Rillito Downs in the 1940s.
6. A 1970 article in “Life Magazine” referred to Speedway Blvd. as the ugliest street in America due to the prevalence of large signage there.
7. Since the “Life Magazine” article led to the loss of a great many classic local neon signs, the Tucson Sign Code was amended in 2011 to incentivize the preservation of the same signs Tucson sought to be rid of four decades earlier.
8. The University of Arizona allowed female students to study medicine in the 1890s, long before it was common practice to do so.
9. Though you won’t see him wandering Fourth Ave., Justin Beiber is said to own several acres of land near Marana, AZ.
10. The Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona Campus is home to the world’s largest and most well-documented collection of Southwest Indian pottery.

Good lord willing and the creek don’t rise it sounds fabulous.

Love to all,


4 thoughts on “Bonus Episode Tucson Fun Facts

  1. Nancy:

    AND another fact about Tucson:

    The recently retired Catholic Bishop of Tucson, Gerald Kicanis (who was President of Mundelein Seminary, then Chicago Auxiliary Bishop, finally serving as the Vice President of the National Catholic Bishops’ Conference) is still a leading proponent of extending a welcome & legalizing immigrants from across the border.


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