University of Arizona Among Nation’s Best Research Institutions

on April 28, 2002

The University of Arizona in Tucson enjoys a reputation as one of the top research universities in the country, but circumstances surrounding its origin didn’t suggest success. The citizens of Tucson felt snubbed in 1885 when Phoenix was named as Arizona’s capital and, as consolation, the 13th Territorial Legislature-‘The Thieving Thirteenth,’ as it was known-awarded Tucson the university. But lawmakers required Pima County to donate 40 acres to start the school. No offers were forthcoming, but eventually a deal was made. Ground was broken in 1887, and the university opened in 1891.

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