Bisbee Review & Things to do
Put on your hard hat, fire up your mining lantern, and hold onto to your seat, you’re about to careen deep into the caverns of the famous Queen Mine (www.queenminetour.com) where thousands of immigrant workers have sweat and toiled beneath Mule Mountain for copper and ore for more than a hundred years.
This is Bisbee, the pride of miners everywhere. Neighbor to the infamous Tombstone, Bisbee has a rich history of prospectors, cavalrymen, renegade Apaches and scoundrels all of its own.
The story began in 1870 when Lt. Dunn from the frontier Army post of Fort Huachuca, led a cavalry detail on a scouting mission against the Apache Indians. When Dunn and his men camped by a spring on Mule Mountain for the night, he found some interesting rocks full of lead, copper and possibly silver. Restricted by military duty, Dunn struck up a partnership with a prospector called George Warren to split the profits from mining claims. Warren apparently forged a few new partnerships and cut Dunn out of the deal. Or so the story goes.
Before long many speculators and prospectors were scurrying for Mule Mountain to strike it rich and by 1910 the population had exploded to over 25,000 – a veritable metropolis and the largest town between San Francisco and New Orleans.
Rough neck miners were joined by business men with hats and pocket watches playing faro in local saloons. Women were ferried to church by trolley or traveled in horse drawn carriages with parasols and gloves. But there were scoundrels, and cheats and shady ladies too. Get the whole story at the Mining Museum. They say you haven’t seen Bisbee until you’ve seen the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum (www.bisbeemuseum.org).
Ghosts & hauntings...
Some of these nefarious characters still haunt the streets of Bisbee, and if you’ve an adventurous spirit you can find these spirits in streets and stairways and old alleys long after dark (www.oldbisbeeghosttour.com). You'll meet Nat, a miner who paid a debt to the Money Man with his life, and Julia who had a soft spot for married men, and the mysterious Lady in White who saved the lives of three children but lost her own.
Time to leap into a Jeep!
Take one of Arizona’s premier Lavender Jeep tours (firstname.lastname@example.org), and climb 7,400 feet on a Sky Island Adventure, or zoom around the narrow, twisting Back Roads of Bisbee or meander through the Warren Mining District… Remember him?
Bisbee Copper Kings Baseball
If you’re sporty you can go see the Bisbee Copper Kings baseball team at Warren Ballpark. (www.warrenballpark.com). Built in 1906, it’s the oldest park in the country and some of America’s most famous baseball players, including Babe Ruth himself, have played here. Get your hot-dogs here!
There’s also Arizona’s oldest continuously operated golf course (www.turquoisevalley.com), with the famous the “747 Rattler” – the longest golf hole west of the Mississippi.
Southern Az Bird Watching
If you’re a nature-lover you can go along to the Southwestern Arizona Bird Observatory (www.sabo.org), and if you’re like art and books, there’s also plenty to do too.
Copper Queen Library
The Copper Queen Library that began life as a company store (msbwhite.googlepages.com/home) is the oldest in Arizona. It has hundreds of titles on art, literature, history, politics science and pop culture.
Or maybe you’d prefer to tread the boards at the Old Bisbee Repertory Theater (www.bisbeerep.com) where they show plays and musical comedies including one called “Bisbee Ore Bust.” Get it?
There’s plenty more! Just make sure you get to bed early so you’ve enough time and energy to do it all.
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