Thursday, November 21, 2013

Arizona History Resource - Google News Archives & the University of Illinois

If you enjoy Arizona history or seek another resource for Arizona genealogy research, you should visit the archives through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's online library. The library provides details on how to conduct advance research using the Google News Archive Search.  Following is a screenshot of the five Arizona publications the archives contain and their related publication dates:

3.  Arizona Journal-MinerPrescottArizona1903 – 1912
4.  Kingman Daily MinerKingmanArizona1975 – 1983
5.  Prescott Evening CourierPrescottArizona1900 – 1908
6.  Prescott Evening CourierPrescottArizona1920 – 1989
7.  Prescott Journal MinerPrescottArizona1912 – 1920

The University of Illinois Library page is located at:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Name "Arizona"

A lot of debate exists regarding the origin of the name "Arizona." Some scholars claim the name was derived from Spanish/Basque or Tohono O'odham/Pima languages.*  Another colorful definition from 1877 states:

"'The earth is the offspring of the sky. Long prior to the present race of men, the earth was peopled by a race of giants who in time died off, leaving the earth uninhabited. After a long time, a celestial virgin, a child of one of the thirteen great deities who rule all things, came down to the earth, and being well pleased, remained for a long time its sole inhabitant. Once when in a deep sleep, a drop of dew from heaven fell on her, and she conceived and bore two children, a son and daughter, from whom have sprung all the people of the earth. The name of this celestial virgin was Arizunna, the beautiful, or sun beloved maiden.' The Mohave language, which is by far the most perfect and complete of any of the Indian dialects of the country, has two words of nearly the same meaning: Ari, meaning the sun, holy, good, or beautiful; and Urnia, maid, or maiden; which together means the land of the beautiful of lovely maiden. This may be the true meaning of the word Arizona. Another definition is this, Ari, from the Mohave, meaning beautiful, or good, and Zona, from the Spanish, a zone, and taken together, meaning the land of the beautiful zone. Both of these definitions seem to be well made, and both are quite significant and expressive."**

The first section of the excerpt is claimed to hail from Aztec tradition. The second from the Mohave people, and the last a blend of both.

Whatever the true origin of the name, we can certainly agree that Arizona is a beautiful place.

Photo by Diana DeLugan (c) 2012

* "The Meaning of Arizona," Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, obtained online on 8/14/12 at
**Hodge, Hiram C., Arizona As It Is; or, The Coming Country, H.O. Houghton and Company, New York: 1877.
See also: Garate, Donald T., Arizona (Never Arizonac), online courtesy of the National Parks Service at

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This video created by AZ Highways TV highlights the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. Linda Cormier, Resort General Manager, provides an overview of the property's history and its connection to the historic Otero land grant. The Otero Family Hacienda or ranch house can be seen at 0:02, 0:18, 0:47, 2:36, 2:44 and 3:08. The facade of the Stables Restaurant is shown at 2:55. Although not seen in this video, the floor of the restaurant is the horse stable used by the Otero family and dates back more than two centuries.

This video was created by the Roaming Boomers when they visited the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. At 0:18 you see the arch with the words "Otero Ranch" written prominently across the arch, as they mention how the Otero family received the land grant from the King of Spain. At 2:20, the Roaming Boomers presents some stunning images from the resort. If you have never visited the resort, these images may entice you.

This video presents a good overview of the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa's amenities. It mentions how the movie "Tin Cup" with Kevin Costner was filmed at the resort. The resort is located on the original Otero land grant in Tubac, Arizona.

La Familia Otero de Tubac
Over the past several years has been working collaboratively with Otero family descendants in compiling a historical archive to preserve the legacy of Arizona's first European land owners. Effective today, August 12, 2012, website is replaced with the Arizona History Blog.

During our research, we learned some intriguing stories. Diana DeLugan, blog administrator, looks forward to sharing some of those stories with you.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Otero family of Tubac, feel free to post a comment on this site or email Diana directly at You can also view the Otero Family History Collection which is permanently housed at the Tubac Historical Society and the Primeria Alta Historical Society at Nogales, Arizona. For further information about the Otero Family History Collection contact:

The Tubac Historical Society
50 Bridge Road, Suite B1
PO Box 3261
Tubac, AZ 85646-3261


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dedicated to the Otero Family and Other Arizona Pioneers

Otero is a name entitled to recognition in Arizona's glorious history. The first European land grant was given to Don Toribio (aka Torrevio) de Otero on January 10, 1789. The image below is from the United States National Archives, pacific region, published on September 2011 . Embedded in the article is an image of the original Otero land grant.

This blog is dedicated to those Arizona pioneers, like the Oteros, and their descendants, who helped shape Arizona's story.