We had two fun-filled, interesting days in Bisbee, AZ. Once known as “the Queen of the Copper Camps”, this Old West mining camp proved to be one of the richest mineral sites in the world, producing nearly three million ounces of gold and more than eight billion pounds of copper, not to mention the silver, lead and zinc that came from the rich Mule Mountains. By the early 1900s, the Bisbee community was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco. Bisbee was a thriving community until the large-scale mining operations became unprofitable in the mid 1970’s. As mining employees left to go elsewhere, many artistic free spirits found Bisbee an ideal, attractive, and inexpensive location to settle and pursue their artistic endeavors. The small town’s legacy has long been preserved not only in its architecture and mining landscape, but is world-renowned for its diverse minerals and wealth of copper.
We had a great time walking the streets and shopping in all of the cute little stores and galleries. Well, Sharon and Leslie did most of the shopping. We took a tour of the Queen Mine. We got to be dressed up in miner hard hats and ride a train into the mine. It was very interesting to hear about how copper is mined, although the thing that stuck with us the most was the “s***-car” which was the miner’s porta-potti. (Larry and Don are modeling it in the 7th picture). More shopping after the tour – needless to say that the gift store was full of rocks and Sharon and Leslie are “rock people.” Never let “rock people” loose in a rock store.
We had a delicious dinner at Café Roka which we definitely recommend if you are ever in Bisbee. Larry and Sharon were quite taken away by the meal as evidenced by the 8th picture (or was it the wine?). We also sampled some beer from the Old Bisbee Brewing Company which was quite good. As we walked around the town, we noticed the number of bars and decided if there was an empty room in Bisbee it was set up to serve alcohol. Definitely an interesting city.
Our last adventure was a Ghost Tour which would have been pretty good if the tour guide was not Abby from NCIS’s twin sister (in mannerisms and voice). Although the stories were quite interesting, having them told by someone who spoke like a little girl sort of took away from the spookiness. All in all though, we had a great time and are quite enamored with Bisbee.