Running west to east along the northern boundary of Tucson is a corridor of unique and inspiring communities rich in history and brimming with legendary personalities, both historical and contemporary. Here you will discover the Western spirit that shaped the state and the country. Political figures starting with George Pusch, the man who refused to make Arizona a state, and those whose pioneer spirit did made it a state, such as Catherine Reidy, the rattlesnake lady, and John Nelson, the fearsome old west Sheriff. Some of these legends were known as far away as Hollywood. Harold Bell Wright wrote a blockbuster that was made into a movie called: The Mine with the Iron Door. B. D. Daniels’ dog, Copper, was the hero of The Foxes and the Hounds, and the actors Lee Marvin, Tom Mix, and D. C. Warren, all left their mark here. Sports legends abound and include baseball pro Hank Leiber, Maren Seidler, Olympian Shot-putter, and Sherry Cervi, barrel racing champion.
From pioneers to ranchers, from cowboys to artists, these legends define the real west. If people make history, then the corridor is a treasure trove of the country’s past and future.