Fun Facts About Tucson, AZ
Some of the earliest evidence of corn cultivation in North America comes from Pima County, Arizona, where Tucson is located. Archaeologists have recovered kernels estimated to be 4000 years old within 60 miles of the city.
By day, it looks like a big plastic doughnut. But after sundown, the solar-powered Desert O sculpture lights up in an array of vibrant colors. The ring, owned by the city of Tucson, is 6 feet in diameter and uses LED lights to create a brilliant display with a different color combo for every night of the week.
According to Guinness World Records, Davis-Monthan Airforce Base in Tucson has the most significant aircraft repair shop and storage facility on Earth. Covering 2600 acres, it could house 4200 aircraft and 40 aerospace vehicles at one time, while still leaving room for 350,000 production tools.
One of the largest rock shows in the country, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, attract around 50,000 people annually. In addition to hosting gemstone scholars and dealers, the annual convention has exhibited the most dazzling rocks in existence—like the Hope diamond, lunar rocks collected by NASA astronauts, and the eye-popping Logan sapphire.
The Fourth Avenue Underpass doubles as a one-of-a-kind photo gallery. Roughly 7000 tiles are bearing black and white portraits of 21st-century Tucsonans line the walls.
For a few weeks in 1933, radio listeners in Tucson could enjoy a local show hosted by a very young Ray Bradbury. At age 12, he landed a gig at KGAR, reciting comic strips on the air every Saturday night. “My pay was free tickets to see King Kong, Murders in the Wax Museum, and The Mummy,” he later reminisced. “You can’t do any better than that.”
Area Codes: 520
Zip Codes: 85641, 85701, 85702, 85703, 85704, 85705, 85706, 85707, 85708, 85709, 85710, 85711, 85712, 85713, 85714, 85715, 85716, 85717, 85718, 85719, 85720, 85721, 85722, 85723, 85724, 85725, 85726, 85728, 85730, 85731, 85732, 85733, 85734, 85741, 85744, 85745, 85746, 85747, 85748, 85749, 85750, 85754, 85756, 85775, 86714
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