Situated in a high desert valley and surrounded by mountains, Tucson has a dry, sunny climate and is a tourist, retirement, and health center.
The city is located on the Santa Cruz River. The name Tucson is derived from a Tohono O'Odham (Papago) term for "foot of the mountain."
Tucson is a fast-growing metropolitan area of more than 725,000 people. It's the second largest city in the State of Arizona after Phoenix.
Industries in the city are based on regional mining (of copper and other minerals) and the manufacture of electronic and electrical equipment.
Tucson is the seat of the University of Arizona (1885). University
The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (1940) is in the area. Growth has been rapid since World War II (1939-1945), as many retirees and companies have relocated to the city. Real Estate
The city was reached by railroad in 1880.
Tucson served as the capital of the Arizona Territory from 1867 to 1877. City information
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