The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Bisbee, Arizona

Discover a treasured place where time seems to have stopped.  Nestled in the mile-high Mule Mountains of Southern Arizona, Bisbee has an old world charm that you will be hard pressed to find in many places throughout the United States.  Here you can experience history seemingly frozen in time. 

The wonderful collection of well-preserved turn of the century Victorian structures are full of old West history and copper mining lore.  Old miners' boarding houses have been lovingly refurbished into charming small bed and breakfast establishments...each one unqiue and no two alike.  Former saloons are now quaint shops, antique stores, art galleries, cafes and restaurants pulsating with the history of a time gone by. 

This picturesque county seat of historic Cochise County was founded in 1880 and named after Judge Dewitt Bisbee.  Bisbee is an Old West mining camp that produced nearly three mllion ounces of gold and more than eight billion pounds of copper, making it one of the richest mineral sites in the world.  In the "day",  it boast a population of 20,000 people and had the distinction of being the most cultured city in the Southwest.  However, the rough edges of the mining camps could be found in notorious Brewery Gulch, with its saloons and bordellos. 

In 1908 a fire ravaged most of Bisbee's commercial district along Main Street, leaving nothing but a pile of ashes.Reconstruction began immediately and by 1910 most of the district had been rebuilt and remains completely intact today. As mining operations on a large scale became unprofitable in 1975, the population began to shrink.

Undaunted by its change in fortune this spunky town has evolved into an attractive artist colony and retirement community with monthly special events and tourism.  Travelers from all over the world come to Bisbee to savor its unique uncommon blend of creativity, friendly people, historic style, and adventure all wrapped up in the splendor of the Old West. 

         JUDI MONDAY, CRS         


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