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Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sentinel Peak

 
 
Sentinel Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 27, 2010
1. Sentinel Peak Marker
Inscription. Below this 2900-foot peak the Santa Cruz valley was farmed by the Hóhokam Indians as early as 800 A.D. When the Spaniards arrived in the 17th century, the Hóhokam had vanished and settlements of Piman people dotted the valley. One called "Schuk-Shon," meaning "at the foot of the Black Mountain," was pronounced "Tucson" by the Spaniards. The hill was a lookout for these early Indian and Spanish settlers, who lived in fear of hostile raiders. The whitewashed stone "A" was constructed by University of Arizona students in 1915.

Spanish Translation Marker:
Cerro Del Centinela Este cerro (elevacíon 966 metros) dominaba el valle de la Santa Cruz cuando alrededor de 800 A.D. los Indios Hóhokam cultivaban abajo. Los Indios Pimas habían reemplazado a los Hóhokam cuando llegaron los Españoles en el siglo 17. El nombre Pimano de este cerro, “Schuk-Shon” (base negra), fue pronunciado “Tucsón” por los Españoles. La cima de este cerro servía de vigía así para Indios como para Españoles contra ataques de enemigos. La “A” de piedra blanqueada fue puesta por estudiantes de La Universidad de Arizona en 1915.
 
Erected 1989 by Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Location.
Sentinel Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 27, 2010
2. Sentinel Peak Marker
Spanish translation of marker text.
32° 12.643′ N, 110° 59.485′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is on South Sentinel Peak Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tucson AZ 85745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Sentinel Peak (within shouting distance of this marker); Si We:begi Ha Ñeid (approx. ¼ mile away); Desert Laboratory (approx. one mile away); El Paso & Southwestern Depot and Park (approx. one mile away); Carrillo Intermediate School (approx. one mile away); El Tiradito (approx. 1.1 miles away); Teatro Carmen (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Manning House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
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Sentinel Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 27, 2010
3. Sentinel Peak Marker
Sentinel Peak image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 30, 2010
4. Sentinel Peak
View of "A" Mountain from South Granada Avenue & West Crushing Street.
Tucson image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 11, 2010
5. Tucson
View of Tucson from Sentinel Peak Marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 743 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on May 13, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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