Listen to the Bill Buckmaster radio show for Wednesday August 14, 2013. Local historian Ken Scoville explains how Tucson became to be called the Old Pueblo. There has been some discussion over this name recently in the press (and off the press), with several people chiming in whether to keep this name (or not).
Pueblo means “town” in Spanish and the historic heritage here is Spanish, Mexican, and Indian. Listen to Ken’s analysis on this radio show to hear about this term, probably originating from the 1870′s and 1880′s.
Online Etymological Dictionary has this to say about the meaning of the noun “pueblo”:
“Indian village,” 1808, from Spanish pueblo “village, small town; people, population,” from Latin populum, accusative of populus “people” (see people (n.)).
Radio show host Bill Buckmaster also has his blogsite here at Tucsoncitizen.com, click on www.tucsoncitizen.com/buckmastershow. He has been hosting a radio show on KVOI 1030 AM for a number of years, after he left KUAT (now AZPM) Channel 6 television in December, 2010.
I actually like Tucson’s name the “Old Pueblo” and hope it remains. My husband and I been here since July, 1987 and feel that this name speaks well of the history of Tucson and this Southwest area.