Bisbee AZ is a most unexpected place. The mines eat into the mountain with over 2000 miles of tunnels. It is still an active mining site. Today you can take a tour of The Copper Queen Mine. It was certainly a wicked place when 20,000 people lived there. The workers earned little & the work was dangerous. Eventually though, a genuine metropolis emerged: Baseball, opera, high fashion; Bisbee was one of the most productive mining areas in the United States for quite a while. Then, it was basically over. Today you will find around 5000 people living in one of Arizona’s most unusual places. Industrial Bisbee has become a tourist destination.
A bustling mining town of the nineteenth century was reborn into the funky artist asylum of the 21st Century. Bisbee has a thriving art scene including theater and music. Painters, sculptors and jewelers haunt the shops streets and cafes. Frequent public events like the Blues Festival and the Great Stair Climb bring a lively edge to the quiet mountain community separating it out from many small communities in the Southwest. Bisbee AZ was carved out of a mountain to become the small town it is today. But don’t expect it to be just like all the other towns, it is singularly unique.
Bisbee is a community: Wild, welcoming; filled with stories and ghosts. “Remember Ellen, she drove into town in that VW bus in 1974. It caught on fire up by the gymnasium & she never left”, is really something that you might hear in the park. It is a beautiful natural area with lots of people & things to see. Bisbee lives large, be a part of it–if only for a little while.