Thursday, June 15, 2006


This window belongs to what is now referred to as the Sam Hughes house. It was built in 1862. The story of Sam Hughes, a Welshman and his 12 yr old bride, Atanacia Santa Cruz, is told here.

A journalist, J. Ross Browne, traveled through Tucson in 1864 and described it this way:
"Murderers, thieves, cutthroats and gamblers formed the mass of the population. Every man went armed to the teeth, and scenes of bloodshed were of everyday occurrence in public streets. There was neither government, law nor military protection. The garrison at Tucson confined itself to its legitimate business of getting drunk or doing nothing."


Blogger Nerissa said...

YOu really get a sense of heat and surroundings. It adds a certain something to the accompanying story. Thanks for the link

4:17 PM  
Blogger luggi said...

I hope it's better now.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Louz said...

Thanks for visiting Nerissa and Luggie. Its somewhat better, lol. At the time the house was built, Tucson and probably a good deal of the western US was still frontier and pretty wild. Tucson's business community in 1858 consisted of three stores, two butcher shops and two blacksmith shops.

7:09 PM  

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