The Lamp in the Desert

The Story of the University of Arizona

Douglas D. Martin (Author), Ann Weaver Hart (Foreword)
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With six teachers, no books, and thirty-two students, Old Main opened its doors to the first pupils of the University of Arizona in 1891. A rugged beacon among the cacti, the campus emerged from a forty-acre donation from two gamblers and a saloonkeeper. The Lamp in the Desert is Douglas D. Martin’s history of the first seventy-five years of the University of Arizona. From early football wins by Coach McKale to the work of celebrated scholars, this is a story of the places and the people whose names are still visible reminders of the early innovators that helped to build a world-class institution.

“The book has all the excitement of a November triumph in the stadium.”—The Arizona Daily Star

“A remarkable account of a remarkable institution.”—Detroit Free Press

“Almost like reading frontier fiction.”—San Diego Union
The Lamp in the Desert
328 Pages 6 x 9 Published: 2014 Paperback (9781941451021)

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