Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tucson Trivia

I'm in Tucson right now on a work conference. Did you know...

Tucson is one of the oldest towns in the U.S.? Originally an indian village dating back to who knows when, it officially became a town by us European invaders' standards in 1775 when Irishman Dan Hugh O'Connor founded the town. Didn't know there were Irish colonies in the new world did you? Well, there weren't. He worked for the Spanish Empire. It became part of the U.S. with the Gadsden Purchase of 1854. (source 1, source 2)

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