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Zeckendorfs and Steinfelds: Merchant Princes of the American Southwest
By Bettina Lyons. Arizona Historical Society. 416 pp. Index. $24.95.
A very thorough history of the Zeckendorf and Steinfeld families who helped build Tucson. In essence it is a very readable history of frontier commerce and civic development. In many ways the frontier was won with a bag of flour and a bolt of cloth. []
While cowboys, Indians, bandits, sheriffs, soldiers and miners figure prominently in modern western dramas, the actual winning of the West depended heavily on supplies, trade and the merchant adventurers who built the basis for economic growth and prosperity. Before Macy’s, Dillard’s and Target got here, Tucsonans shopped at Steinfeld’s, Jacome’s and Myerson’s, local stores owned by local families whose contributions to our community go back many years. Thoroughly researched and written by a modern descendant, this history of a major pioneer family of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Tucson provides a rare and fascinating glimpse of this important part of the story of our past. []

Zenith on the Horizon: An Encyclopedic Look at the Tucson Mountains
By William Ascarza. Tucson Mountain Press. 267 pp. Index. .
By trade William Ascara is a librarian, but his hobbies take him to the mountains. We can be glad they do, for this self-published grab-bag of facts about the Tucson Mountains, just west of town, is pretty good. He includes the usual peaks and passes, as well as wildlife, resorts, museums, and historical ruins that dot the landscape. Your walk in the hills will be much more interesting after reading this book. His enthusiasm is contagious. []

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