“A” Mountain Tucson Arizona
AKA – Sentinel Mountain – Here Is Its History and More
“A” Mountain Tucson sits just west of the I-10 Freeway near downtown Tucson. The former name of “A” Mountain Tucson was actually Sentinel Mountain.
Coming from its use as a look out point by the Spanish in the late 1700’s. It is part of Tucson’s history.
But that history was added to in 1915 when the U of A defeated Pomona College in football.
The idea came from Albert Condon, a football star for U of A. He had noticed Pomona College had a “P” on their hill side.
To celebrate the win over Pomona he came up with the idea of an “A” on Sentinal mountain. He convinced his civil engineering professor to make the monument a class project.
Two years later, the project was completed.
Mostly White, But…
Most of the time the ‘A’ stays white in respect to tradition and city requirements.
But there are times where the ‘A’ is a different color to represent things going on in the world or the community.
For example, every year for St. Patrick’s day the ‘A’ on the mountain is green. A tradition that started in 1993.
When the war with Iraq started and many people disagreed with the war, the ‘A’ was black.
In April 2003, the ‘A’ got painted red, white, and blue to show support of our troops, but also to show patriotism.
In the 1950’s “A” Mountain became a focal point for the revelry between UArizona and Arizona State University.
Students from ASU have painted the ‘A’ in their colors for the UArizona vs ASU game. When that occurs, UArizona students get out the white paint and go to work.
And There Is More
And now for the TMI (Too Much Information) part of the story.
A Mountain Tucson or Sentinel Peak rises 2,897 ft above the base. An underground ridge once forced groundwater to the surface. It provided water to the local farmers until the 1930s.
Tucson derives its name from the native Indians work Schook-schon. Spanish missionaries arrived in the late 1600’s. Father Eusebio Francisco Kino arrived and founded the San Xavior mission. The mission is a few miles southwest of Tucson.
The Presidio of Tucson began in 1775. In Spanish a “presidio” is a fortified military settlement.
To protect the Presidio from Apache raiders, a sentinel stood on the top of the mountain. Thus the name Sentinal Mountain.
“A” Mountain contains volcanic rock from the nearby Tucson Mountains. But “A” Mountain is not a volcano.
This area is now the City of Tucson. Erosion and faulting are the cause of the mountain’s location in Tucson and its conical shape.
It sits on a foundation of bedrock and 20 to thirty million years old volcanic rocks.
The peak is a sunset-watching destination in the Tucson Mountains. Every day, people walk, bike and drive up to see city vistas and sunsets.
And every year, UArizona students and alumni kick off Homecoming festivities with a ceremonial lighting of the “A” on the mountain.
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