From Ajo, AZ to Tucson, AZ, Pima Air Museum, Boneyard, Old Tucson Movie sets, Titan, Copper Mine

Tucson Travel Blog

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Pima, AZ Air Museum

From Ajo, I took a secondary road through an Indian reservation which was littered with thousands of beer bottles and hundreds of little shrines where people died in traffic accidents. All were decorated with flowers and some had bottles of fluid in case the ghosts got thirsty. Along this road were several groups of Mexicans who had hiked up through the desert from Mexico to this road. In some groups were children and I can’t imagine what the hike was like. They were waiting for rides and if the Border patrol got there first, back they would go.

 

While camped at the Elks Lodge in Tucson, I toured the Pima Air Museum and had a bus tour of the Davis Monthan AFB across the road. The air museum was great with hundreds of aircraft on display both outside as well as in several hangers.

Boneyard
The boneyard at Davis Monthan was very interesting as they had thousands of aircraft in rows sorted by type. They have three types of storage, one was planes being scrapped. The second were planes being held for spare parts and the third were planes mothballed and that could be returned to active service.

 

The Old Tucson Studios are located over the mountains in the middle of a vast empty desert. It was here that over 250 movies have been filmed the oldest was the movie Arizona and one of the newest was Sharon Stone’s movie, The Quick and the Dead. It is still active and is used on westerns filmed today.

 

South of Tucson is the only Titan Missile Silo still in existence. There were 55 scattered around the west at the height of the cold war and this one is the only one left and is open for tours. The control room is many feet underground and the silo still holds a dummy Titan. Pretty huge when you are standing 3 feet from it.

 

South of the Titan site is another open pit copper mine and unlike the one in Ajo, this one is still in limited production. The pit is huge, over 2 miles across and 1 mile wide. It is 1500 feet deep. A tour was given of the production facility and showed how ore is processed into copper.

 

Summary:

Elks Lodges - 2

National Parks - 2

Public Parks - 2

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Pima, AZ Air Museum
Pima, AZ Air Museum
Boneyard
Boneyard
Indian Cemetery outside Ajo
Indian Cemetery outside Ajo
Childs grave Indian Cemetery
Childs grave Indian Cemetery
Indian Cemetery
Indian Cemetery
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Pima Air Museum
Boneyard
Boneyard
Boneyard
Boneyard
Old Tucson way down there
Old Tucson way down there
Old Tucson
Old Tucson
Old Tucson
Old Tucson
Old Tucson
Old Tucson
Old Tucson Studios
Old Tucson Studios
Old Tuscon
Old Tuscon
Old Tucson
Old Tucson
Old Tucson
Old Tucson
Old Tucson
Old Tucson
Titan Missle
Titan Missle
Warhead Titan
Warhead Titan
Titan Missle
Titan Missle
Pima Copper Mine
Pima Copper Mine
Pima Copper Mine
Pima Copper Mine
Pima Copper Mine
Pima Copper Mine
Tucson
photo by: walterman9999