photo by renown
artist John Byrd
The real attraction in
Bisbee is the town itself ... it has a spiritual feeling .. a
sweet haunting of western days of old and a modern pioneer
adventure for the pursuit of relaxation and fun ... it celebrates
resident artists, writers and musicians and their celebrity
Bisbee resides 90 miles
southeast of Tucson. It is the picturesque county seat of historic
Cochise County. Founded in 1880, the community and named after
Judge DeWitt Bisbee, a financial backer of the Copper Queen Mine.
This Old West mining camp proved to be one of the richest mineral
sites in the world, producing nearly 3 million ounces of gold and
more than 8 billion pounds of copper, not to mention the silver,
lead and zinc that came from these rich Mule Mountains.
By the early 1900s, the
Bisbee community was the largest city between St. Louis and San
Francisco. It had a population of 20,000 people and had become the
most cultured city in the Southwest. Despite its culture, however,
the rough edges of the mining camps could be found in notorious
Brewery Gulch, with its saloons and fast ladies.
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. Activities began to slow as the mines
played out and the population began to shrink; mining operations
on a large scale became unprofitable in 1975.
Bisbee has since evolved
into an attractive artist colony and retirement community
emphasizing monthly special events and tourism. Travelers from all
over the world come to Bisbee to savor its unique charm ... an
uncommon blend of creativity, friendliness, style, romance and
adventure all wrapped in the splendor of the Old West.
Come stay in Bisbee.
Stroll its sidewalks and find delight in the many art galleries,
gourmet restaurants, coffee houses, book stores and specialty
shops. Visit the charmingly restored neighborhoods of Victorian
and European-style homes perched miraculously on the hillsides.
Unwind ... relax ... and find soothing respite from your everyday