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Re: “Brewski Benefit: How the Tucson Brewery and Business Community Helped Their Own

Love you Julie, and love Tucson!

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Posted by VLAZARO on 02/07/2019 at 3:05 AM

Re: “Being Baldenegro

For Chuck who is incorrect on his History. Read the Treaty of Guadelupe Higado. This is not taught as a part of American History is it? Now chalkenge me, a Black Mexican- Brazilian Latina American on Mexican-American/ Latino (a) History.

Posted by Mexicana-Brasilena on 02/05/2019 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

I've been making this drive ever since it was US Highway 80. Some time in the early 1940s (or maybe the 1930s), the stretch from Tucson to Marana - about where the Portand cement plant is - was made into a divided highway with a long line of tamarisk trees in the median. Families - mine included - would stop to picnic under the trees. Some of those tamarisks are still there beside the frontage road east of I-10.)

Posted by Louanne Kirby on 02/03/2019 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

My goodness, what a glorious description. I spent the years of late high school and through college going between home (Tucson) and friends (Phoenix) -- and ended up moving to Phoenix to live. I've been up here more than 30 years and I still miss Tucson's mountains, and I still remember every inch of this drive, just as you described it "then" and as it is "now." Right next to Nickerson's Farms was a Stuckey's, too. And it was right around there ads for "The Thing" (still down around Willcox way) started....

The Ostrich farm at Picacho came later, after I moved north. Still never stopped there... but we DID camp at Picacho numerous times, and hiked all over. The little lava rock hills hid treasures like owls and coyotes. Glorious.

Oddly enough, I miss this drive, taking it at least twice a month, and sometimes more -- it's the most barren and boring part of all Arizona (except MAYBE the stretch between Kingman and Hoover Dam), and yet I miss it.

Posted by Wildrider51 on 02/02/2019 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Death Sentence

I am appalled that this is the result of what could have been prevented. The Pima County Jail and Sheriff's department are a serious joke. Mark Napier is a weasel of a man with no direction and his nose in the air. This is outrageous they have gotten away with so much. when my partner went to the jail, he was brutally sexually assaulted and when he said something to the officials about it, they tossed him in a green smock in the psych ward and left him there for a week. I had to beat down doors and sit there at the sheriff's office every day until I finally got him out of there. It's sad how they treat jail inmates... especially ones Charged with crimes. Come on people, if someone is in jail, that doesn't mean you can just immediately assume that person is a criminal, no matter what they look like. They are still innocent until proven guilty.

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Posted by Travis Ramirez on 01/25/2019 at 5:23 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Should have mentioned the tourist bonanza at the Shell station at Picacho Peak, the railroad lines with trains loaded with containers, and the airplane storage and breakdown facility, Evergreen Air Center, could be a whole story in itself; I worked there a few years doing security; they always had one of the 2 747's that are fitted to carry the space shuttles, in for maintenance. They worked on refitting 747's which could be converted in about 1 1/2 days to firefighting units, able to drop large amounts of suppressant where needed. Also the Navy Seals have training there, and it was amazing sometimes to see a sudden opening of parachutes as they practiced HALO ..High Altitude Low Opening --maneuvers
Unfortunately, I believe at least 3 Seals have died during training from parachute problems, RIP.
Sometimes we would close off the road from the highway to the Evergreen Air Center,for a while at night, so they could land and launch a small troop carrying plane for practice. I believe many of those little dots of light you usually see flying around Tucson at night in groups of maybe 4, are Navy Seals in paragliders which I think convert to ground transportation, preparatory to action in Afghanistan and other rural settings..
The Evergreen ties to the military and especially CIA airlines could probably foster a book in itself. Their home base in Everett, Washington, has the famous Spruce Goose giant airplane built by Howard Hughes. Some visitors from Washington had a story about meeting the original owner, don't know his name, as he was sweeping the concrete at Everett...
There was something sad in seeing many formerly queens of the sky being torn apart for salvage and scrap; used to like to wander inside some of the stored planes where access was available,secretly, at night....

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Posted by OneQuixote on 01/25/2019 at 3:10 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

This article was as long and as boring as the trip up the 10.

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Posted by Anastasia Beaverhausen on 01/23/2019 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

If Route 66 is the "Mother Road" then this stretch of I-10 is the "Drunken Step-Uncle Road." Abhorred and blighted yet in a peculiar way that is part of it's charm. I lived in Tucson from 1997-2005 and like many I made this trip so many times I almost memorized every telegraph pole alongside the Southern Pacific line to the east. This wonderful essay almost perfectly encapsulates the range of emotions and memories that strangely seem to come up while driving that desert drags. Memories both good and bad; moving to a strange new city at age 5, driving to Nana and Grandma's house as a kid, going to Firebird Raceway every February for the NHRA Drag Races, that long, emotional drive with my dad after Grandpa passed away...
Thank You.

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Posted by Ryan Casillas on 01/18/2019 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

All a matter of perspective. I first drove I-10 from Phoenix to Tucson after several years living in upstate New York. To a native Southern Californian desperately homesick for Western landscapes the emptiness and long horizons were thoroughly beautiful, and the campground at Pichaco Peak where I spent a night was wilderness enough. Later when I had moved to Tucson and finally did the hike up the peak I ran into a couple from British Columbia who were amazed to find ferns growing along the shaded part of the trail. Beauty is where you find it, and when in a couple of centuries Chinese tourists come to marvel at the shards and remnants of the American empire, whos to say they wont find the husk of an outlet mall as haunting as we do the surviving adobe of Hohokam Casa Grande?

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Posted by Creosote on 01/17/2019 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Making History

It still doesn't get "Hamiliton" to the people. For all that I admire the show and its creators, it remains a treat for the elite.

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Posted by RobertDC on 01/17/2019 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Wonderful article. We migrated to Tucson as refugees from California in June 1992, staying there until August 2004. Been back once to take part in Johnny Gibson's memorial celebration in 2010. The enchantment lasted three years living at Sabino/Sunrise; moving to Country Club/Glenn with 3-4 nightly overhead police helicopters punctuating peace and quite catalyzed moving on. The article evoked strong feelings of both love and aesthetic wonder for the Tucson area. For me, the I10 drive from the Old Pueblo to Phoenix was a prolonged wonderland visit, powerful primeval beauty. Add Sonoran cuisine and the mix is powerful. Yoshimatsu helped, too. Were I of material means to do it, I would maintain homes in both Tucson and in the Texas Hill Country outside of Austin - with Tucson like a hermitage retreat for focused writing/imagining cared for with machaca burritos, Eegee frozen drinks, time visiting Bookman's, and the open shelves of UofA Library. And strolls through Tohono Chul.

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Posted by Ken O'Neill on 01/16/2019 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

When I moved to Arizona before John McCain heard of Arizona, my new friends at work said to just wait a few years when I-10 is three lanes from Phoenix to Tucson. Well, 40 years later the two lane hell road across the GRIC is the same. You alternatively get stuck driving behind a truck or an RV from Minnesota going 55, in one lane, or you get run over, already driving 15 over the speed limit, by a Scottsdale Barbie in a luxury SUV, or a young male driving a contractor truck, both going about 95.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 01/16/2019 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Well-written essay.

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Posted by IPH on 01/14/2019 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

What a memory blast. I've been travelling in between Phoenix and Tucson for over 50 years. I've eaten at Nickerson Farms when I was a kid. There was a trading post there that has since burnt down. An interesting article about them: https://bit.ly/2VNfGsF On the east bound side of I-10 just north of Picacho Peak there used to be a rest stop. It was pretty gross as it was served by a septic tank and had no water. It was torn down in the '80's I believe. I saw Tom Petty at Compton Terrace in the mid-80's. Its a BMX park now. Compton Terrace used to be in Tempe next to a theme park named Legend City. When it was torn down it moved to I-10. I saw the Grateful Dead at the Tempe location. Baseline Road used to be where civilization started when I first started traveling the road. The Campground Tierra Buena was an RV park and actually had a small golf course. It was all dirt and you get a foot square piece of fake grass to hit your ball off of. I stayed at the Picacho Peak hotel in the late '70's. We were on our way to Phoenix to see a concert (the Who I think) when we heard on the radio it was canceled. We decided to stay there instead of returning to Tucson. It wasn't bad.

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Posted by retrorv on 01/14/2019 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Too many trips between Tucson and the Valley to recall. Before leaving a sense of dread, pangs of angst, and dread. Not for the destination, but for the ride through the post-apocalypse landscape of litter and abandonment.

Zoellner awakens these emotions beautifully. With talent like his available, guest appearances would be a welcome relief from the same old stories told by the same old writers.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 01/13/2019 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Enjoyed the trip down I-10 memory lane. I too wondered about the rooms at the Picacho Motel - that is if anyone really ever stayed there with its rooms backed up within feet of the screaming freeway. Although as Tom Zoellner points out businesses and 37 families were bought out virtually wiping Picacho off the map it seemed every yard (fully visible from the elevated freeway) was a horders dream come true with "stuff" probably accumulated since its days as a stagecoach stop. And it was too bad Tom got off at Orange Grove Road as he may have missed out on the delightful welcome Tucson used to role out for motorists with the reeking waste treatment plants and gaping excavation pits. Ah yes , the good old days.

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Posted by dougkoppinger on 01/11/2019 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Pleasantly surprised to read this. Outstanding expos on one of the gems in the region. Zollener is a breath of fresh air and would like to see his column replace that pretentious local vignette one.

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Posted by ChrisKK on 01/11/2019 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

I thought I was the only one who had an affair with Compton Terrace, Picacho Truck Stop, "Jesus Saves" trailer, Nickersons, abandoned desert cages and the cotton fields. This brought tears to my eyes as I lived between Phoenix and Nogales between the 70's until 2008. Plus, I'm a truck driver. I have fueled at the TA many times, Washed my vehicle at Blue Beacon for years and shopped the outlets with my children. We loved to stop at the old gas station next to Nikersons to get the jumbo dill pickles for 99 cents. Thank you for your story. So bittersweet.

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Posted by Dianna Holman on 01/11/2019 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Was beginning to think that the weekly had deteriorated into an add rag for cannabis stores. This splendid piece changed my mind. Thanks and will keep an eye open for Zoellner's byline.

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Posted by RobertDC on 01/11/2019 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Tom Zoellner is an accomplished and award winning author that is a welcome addition to the Weekly's contributors. Salvage is written by Brian Smith, a more of a locally flavored, self-taught ex-junkie. He's the prose equivalent of Billy Sedamyer's musicianship. Tucson has changed. Get over it and let these dinosaurs retire.

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Posted by Brent Schraff on 01/10/2019 at 10:04 PM

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