Thank God for people like C. B. Brown, a forward-looking citizen who, in 1929, happened to be Chairman of Pima County's "Parks and Rec." Ya see, it pays to do something magnanimous... something that lasts longer than than your measly lifespan. It's called "leaving a legacy," and future generations will continue to mention your name long after you've kicked the bucket-list goodbye. If you're lucky, you might even get a mountain named after you (Brown Mountain), and a mention in some insignificant blog post whose editor appreciates your foresight.
C. B. Brown, along with coworker, Jack Kinney, thought it would be nice to preserve a piece of pristine desert... way out of town, at least as Tucson existed back in those days. Today we enjoyed Tucson Mountain Park, one of the largest natural resource areas owned and managed by a local government in the entire U.S.
TMP has approximately 62 (and growing) miles of non-motorized shared-use trails, popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Brown probably never imagined little ole Tucson growing to 1. 2 million residents or I'm sure he would have tried to preserve even more land.
Bordering TMP is Saguaro National Park, created as a National Monument in 1933 and later designated a national park in 1994. Together, they make a sizable swathe of undeveloped recreational open space.
Thank you, Mr Brown.
Mark and Bobbie Johnson
Lovely Ouray, Colorado.