tucson, AZ

A Brief History of Tucson

The Tucson area has been inhabited by different peoples for twelve thousand years. The Santa Cruz River was farmed extensively from 1200 BC to 150 AD. From 600 to 1450, the Hohokam people farmed the area, built a vast irrigation canal system, and created red-on-brown pottery for cooking and storage.

In 1700, eight years after his first visit, Eusebio Francisco Kino founded the Mission San Xavier del Bac about seven miles upstream from the site where Tucson would be built. Hugo O’Conor authorized the construction of a military fort in 1775, near where the present-day Pima County Courthouse sits. The town was involved in conflicts with the Apache and in the Mexican-American War, and it wasn’t included in the Mexican Cession.

The portion of modern-day Arizona south of the Gila River became part of the US in 1854, including Tuscon. It was incorporated in 1877, making it Arizona’s oldest incorporated city. In the following decade, Tucson was quite the iconic wild west town, with a rash of stagecoach robberies, shootouts, and Wyatt Earp.

Robert Brei DDS in Tucson, AZ

We love serving the people of Tucson and helping them achieve their dental health goals. Whether that means emergency dental care when accidents or injuries happen, something more advanced like dental implants, or even cosmetic treatments to give your smile a pearly white gleam, we look forward to being your partners in lifelong dental health. Check this map if you need directions to our practice.

If you are unsure whether your situation is considered a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact us anyway. We quickly diagnose and determine the gravity of the problem and treat you according to your emergency needs promptly. Sometimes life happens, and there are just times when dental care is immediately needed. In these times, an emergency dentist like Dr. Brei is who you need to call.

Discover What Our City Has to Offer

One unforgettable thing you can do in Tucson is the Tombstone and Bisbee Sightseeing Tour. You’ll get to travel back to the Old West in your visit to the famous town of Tombstone, and you’ll learn more than you ever have about cowboy culture, as well as getting up close to the majestic Saguaro cactus.

If you want an even more unique view of Tucson, why not see it from a hot air balloon? Check out Sonoran Sunrise Balloon Tours and see a bird’s eye view of the scenic beauty of the Sonoran Desert, Tucson Mountains, Saguaro National Park West, and the Avra Valley. It’ll be a morning you’ll never forget.

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