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The Way We Were

Pima County has been home to generations of Mexican-American families, individuals and organizations that helped to develop and continue to sustain our community.

The rich and varied stories in this series reflect the history of the Mexican presence in Tucson and serve to celebrate centuries of Hispanic participation in the building and sustaining of our community.

Nabor served as County’s first Mexican-American sheriff

The only sheriff of Mexican descent to serve as sheriff of Pima County was also the only native of Pima County to serve in that office.

The storied history of Ajo

The community of Ajo was once a prominent source of political leadership in Southern Arizona.

Housing Center: First bank with Mexican-American ownership

“El Banco de las Americas”—Tucson’s first Mexican-American-owned bank.

More than music…the Rondstadt family’s Pima County legacy

Ronstadts’ local contributions go well beyond the music.

Robles kidnapping shocked community

A local abduction that became a nationwide sensation.

Raquel Rubio Goldsmith

Raquel Rubio Goldsmith was a prime mover for Mexican-American Studies in Pima County.

Preservation, history come together with Canoa Ranch

Some of Tucson’s most prominent Mexican-American families have ties to Canoa Ranch.

Loss of neighborhood paved way for gov’s transformation

The razing of one of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods and the wound that will not heal.

The birth of public schools in Pima County

Why Estevan Ochoa is considered the “father of public schools in Arizona.”

Arivaca still has 1850s feel

Pima County’s rural tradition is alive and well in Arivaca.

Sheriff used to do double-duty as County Assessor

Conflict of interest charges were the foundation for the origins of the Office of Pima County Assessor.
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