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Tucsonans, both native and transplanted, celebrate city's 244th birthday

Posted at 10:31 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 01:31:17-04

"I came to Tucson in 1981," said Angela Salmon.

"I'm from Wichita, Kansas, I've been here since 1971," Shari Murphy said.

"I have been here for 45 years," Jean Baxter said.

All among the dozens at Presidio San Augustin del Tucson Museum for Tucson's birthday fiesta.

Baxter knows plenty about Tucson's history.

"In 1775 we were under Charles III of Spain."

At some point in her own history she came to Tucson.

"I came out to do graduate school at UA, I was a teacher, I fell in love with the place and I decided I wasn't leaving and so here I am 45 years later."

"Tucson is about Native American culture," explained Salmon, "it's about Hispanic culture, but it's about a melting pot of so many other cultures."

On Tucson's 244th birthday, Salmon reflected on her family's culture.

"My grandmother, my aunt, my uncle, all of us, we're all here in Tucson."

"When we came to America (from Vietnam) there was only seven of us and now there are over 50 of us and we all live here in Tucson."