Pima County History
Building The Future Of Pima County On Its Great History
Pima County was founded in 1864. What is now Pima County was acquired from Mexico with Gadsden Purchase.
Pima County covers nearly 9,200 square miles. The vast area of Pima County is one of the oldest continuously inhabited regions of the United States. Native Americans have lived here for over 12,000 years.
Hohokum tribes called the region home for thousands of years. Today, the Tohono O’odham reservation in Pima county is the second largest in the nation.
Silver and gold was discovered in the region in the 1800’s. The wave of miner’s to the region drove progress. From these early beginnings, Pima county has been developing ever since.
Pima County had a population of 395 in 1820. 395 people in a region covering 9,200 square miles. Hard to even imagine in today’s world.
Pima County now has a population of about 1 million. Based on the 2010 Census count. The population is projected to reach 1.4 million by 2041.
The evolution of Pima County has created a vibrant multicultural population. Pima County remains unique because it is an extremely urbanized region. Over a third of Pima County residents live outside any incorporated cities or towns.
The Pima County region is situated on an environmental crossroad. Plants and wildlife from the south and central Americas meet the Rocky Mountains and the Sonoran Desert.
This “neotropical” area is one of the eight ecozones of the earth. It allows tourists and residents alike to share in a remarkable diversity of plants, animal life, and geology.
The history of Pima County provides an abundance of pre-Columbian archeology. Its history is dotted with exceptional events. In 1775-1776, Juan Bautista de Anza led more than 240 men, women and children on an epic journey. They traveled from Nogales Arizona to establish a settlement at San Francisco Bay. Their journey created the Anza Trail.
Pima County is a hub for anyone seeking a unique sense of place and many education opportunities.
The area is a bird watchers haven. More than 400 bird varieties are seen here each year. Many species are seen nowhere else in the nation.
Pima County has 2 large cactus forests. Saguaro National Park to the north. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in the western portion.
Pima County is the place experience old southwest. And there is no better way for than to wake up it in.
This is one of the reason why Pima County has taken steps to preserve it. Creating opportunities for future generations to see a bit of what drew their forefathers to settle this rugged region.
Pima County has purchased several thousand acres to protect the beautiful surroundings and ancient and cultural. The County has directed the effort to create “The Loop”. A 55 miles multi-use paths. This “loop” will that link various areas of the community. The extensive path will include Marana and Oro Valley.
Cyclists, joggers, walkers and others can enjoy paths that weave through some of the most scenic landscapes.
Pima County has many parks and miles of trails. Residents and visitors are able to explore the county’s diverse ecosystems. From Mount Lemmon’s forests at 9,200 feet to the lower desert mountain parks. The Tortolitas and Tucson Mountains are just two of the five mountain ranges surrounding Tucson Arizona.
Pima County is a commercial and academic hub in southern Arizona. Pima County is home to Tucson. Tucson is the 2nd largest city in Arizona. Tucson was the capital of the Arizona Territory from 1867 to 1877.
The county offers residents a growing economic base, low property taxes and an abundance of year around activities.
Pima County’s motto is “We’ve got inspiration. Come find it.”
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