Tucson Community Profile:
Tucson, nicknamed the Old Pueblo, is Arizonas second-largest and oldest city blending Indian, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo heritages. With modern high-tech industries and world-class cultural events, it retains the charm of its frontier roots. Located beside the Santa Cruz River, it has been home Indian villages and farms for 2,000 years. In 1700, Father Kino established the first Spanish Mission, San Xavier, at the Indian village of Bac, 10 miles south. Tucson was founded as a Spanish military garrison to protect settlers from Apache raids. Governed by Mexico from 1821 until 1854, it became part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase. It was once a territorial capital of Arizona.
Principal Economic Activities:
Federal, state and local government employ more than 60,000 people. Manufacturing employment in metropolitan Tucson has more than doubled in the past 10 years. This growth is due to the increase of high-technology manufacturers locating and expanding in Pima County. Tourism contributed over $2.3 billion to the Pima County economy in the past year and continues to be a major part of the economic base. Many new hotels have been constructed.
Area attractions include San Xavier mission, Saguaro Natl. Park, Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon, Colossal Cave, Old Tucson Studio (movie set & theme park), Biosphere 2, & Kitt Peak Natl. Observatory. The vast Tohono Oÿodham (Papago) Indian reservation is a few miles west. Mexicoÿs an hour away via I-19. Classical cultural events include symphony, opera, ballet, dance & theater. Popular arts include country/western, rock, folk/jazz clubs. Sports range from professional baseball, golf & tennis to college programs including UA football, baseball, & basketball games. The city features a host of museums including Tucson Museum of Art, International Wildlife Museum, Arizona Historical Society Museum & the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, & specialized museums at the University of Arizona.
The City of Tucson offers community and cultural facilities including 18 museums and art galleries, 17 libraries and two bookmobiles, 11 recreation centers, four lakes, 23 municipal swimming pools, 96 parks, 28 golf courses, 306 tennis facilities, and 11 bowling alleys. Sports include the University of Arizonas PAC-10 and NCAA; professional baseball-Tucson Sidewinders AAA farm team and Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, and Chicago White Sox Spring Training Camp; Pima County Polo Club, tennis clubs, rode, Tournament Players Association, Ladies Professional Golf Association tournaments, and horse racing. Prepared on 2/13/07
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