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Bisbee Review & Things to do
by Karen McCarthy

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 (lavenderjeeptour@cableone.net), 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!

Bisbee Golf!

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.

Bisbee Theatre

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.

Here are some more reviews and family Things to do Bisbee style! Bisbee activities for the Bisbee area:
Agua Prieta Mexico
Bisbee Historic Drive Tour
Cactus Research Inc
Cananea, Mexico
Coronado National Monument & Montezuma Pass
Coronado Cave
Douglas - Pima Mine tour & Old Hotel
Muleshoe Nature Preserve
Naco, Mexico
Shrine of Our Lady of the Sierras
Pimeria Alta Historical Museum
Parker Lake
Queen Mine Tour
San Bernidino Wildlife Preserve
Slaughter Ranch Museum
Southern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO)

Tombstone, Bisbee and small town adventures!



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Miss Holly Woodhalls's Bisbee Food'views:

Cafe Roca
35 Main St, Bisbee, AZ
520-432-5153
Reservations recommended
Cafe Roca is simply one of the top 5 dining experiences (if not the best) in all of Cochise County! If your visiting anywhere nearby put this on the short list! Call them for current hours as the hours seem to be as ecletic as Bisbee is! Menu.

Mama Rosa's Little Italy
7 Bisbee Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603
(520) 432-1331

We have heard fantastic things about this hidden Italian gem of a restaurant (ok, it's not that hidden, it's across the street from the Copper Queen Hospital) and will post a review once we check it out! I do hear you can take your own bottle of vino and they don't charge a corkage fee!

Bisbee Breakfast Club
75 Erie St, Bisbee, AZ 85603
520-432-5885

Wow - talk about the best mountain breakfast possible! Hit up the Bisbee Breakfast Club for breakfast through lunch for an experience you won't forget! Miss Wood highly recommends the Huevos Rancheros. Menu.

High Desert Market (HDM)
203 Tombstone Canyon, Bisbee, AZ
520-432-6775

Not just a hip, quirky Bisbee style grocer - this corner market/deli/smoothie bar/restaurant is a must see.....it's directly across from the Iron Man statue and they make amazing gourmet dinners to take with or eat in. HDM is open 7 days a week and to go menu changes weekly. Available by reservation or on first come basis - but get'em before there gone!

Patagonia's Velvet Elvis
292 Naugle Avenue Patagonia, AZ 85624
520.394.2102
Cecilia San Miguel

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