The Pepper Group
5845 N Calle Tiburon
Tucson, AZ 85704
There's a saying, "Bisbee's 100 miles and 100 years from Tucson." Both are true. Bisbee is a little over an hour southeast of Tucson and the drive is beautiful.
Bisbee is the county seat for Cochise County. The community was founded in 1880 and was named after Judge DeWitt Bisbee who was a financial backer of the Copper Queen Mine. Originally, a mining camp, Bisbee became one of the richest mineral sites. An abundance of gold, copper, silver, lead and zinc came from the surrounding mountains.
With a population of 20,000 people, Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco. Not only was it a city known for it's culture, it was also known for it's famous Brewery Gulch district. Today you can still see the remains of the stairs leading up to the red light houses.
In the mid 1970's, the mining operations had stopped and Bisbee was slowly dying. But, thankfully, Bisbee was discovered and taken over by various artists. You can still see flashbacks to the late 1960's and early 1970's. In fact, some people have never left the time frame.
Bisbee is now a thriving community with gourmet restaurants, coffee houses, art galleries, book stores and specialty shops. One of the favorite places is the Bisbee Coffee Company, where you can enjoy a variety of coffee and teas, and wonderful soups and sandwiches. But the best part is people watching. Just sit outside and watch. Bisbee-ittes are fascinating.
If you want to look at the Courthouse, it's well worth a stop. It was built in the 1930's and is a beautiful art deco building. So, not only is it fun to sit and watch people in Bisbee, but the stores and art galleries are great. If you like pottery, jewelry, antiques, art, or wine, there's a store for you.
Of course, a visit to old Bisbee would be incomplete without a stop at St Elmos, in Brewery Gulch. There's the Queen Mine Tour where you dress up as miners and are taken through the old mine. Then, go and visit the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum. You must see the Copper Queen Hotel and check out all the unique old homes which some have been turned into lovely Bed and Breakfasts.
If you go just a bit on down the road, be sure to stop at the Lavender Pit Open Mine, the view is impressive. Go into the gift shop there and pick up some Bisbee Blue turquoise, it's the only place this type of turquoise is found.
As you can tell, we love Bisbee. If you have the opportunity, please check it out.
For more information: 866-224-7233 or www.bisbeearizona.com
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