Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ochoa Street

StAugustine's on the left and a surprisingly colorful parking garage on the right.

The street is named for Estevan Ochoa, born in Chihuahua, Mexico, who settled in Tucson in 1860. He was a prosperous and influencial business leader, mayor of Tucson for a time, in the territorial legislature, the moving force behind bringing public schools to Tucson. He and his wife, Altagracia, were leaders in Tucson social life as well.

With the coming of "civilization" in 1880, via the railroad, Ocha and many of the early business leaders found themselves in serious financial trouble. The higher prices they could charge for goods freighted in by mules and wagons, often subject to attacks by Apaches, were no longer possible and many of the pioneer business leaders went bankrupt. It was the end of an era.

2 Comments:

Blogger santy said...

I like the nice colorful parking place. and are those drawings on the green wall as well?

9:26 PM  
Blogger Louz said...

Hi Santy - Graffiti, as a matter of fact. I'll show a photo of it some time.

1:54 AM  

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