<== Tucson, Arizona ==>
Tucson is the county seat of Pima County in South Central Arizona. In 2014, the city proper had a population of over a half million. The Tucson Metropolitan area has a population of just under a million.
The name of the town was derived by Spanish speaking inhabitants from the O'odham phrase "Cuk ???on" meaning "base of the black hill" in reference to the volcanic mountains of the region.
Pima County was acquired from Mexico with the Gadsen Purchase of 1853 with the goal of creating a transcontinental transportation route through the Southern United States. The population in 1850 was 400.
The University of Arizona, home of the Wildcats (Wildcats), was established in 1885. The University established Tucson as a primary cultural hub of the Southwest. With over 12,000 employees, the AU vies for the position of Tucson's leading employer with Raytheon.
Since Tucson is the largest city in Pima County, the vast majority of links in the Pima Color directory are from Tucson and its suburbs.
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