100 miles outside of Tucson, Arizona…
Sits the former mining town of Bisbee. This picturesque town was first settled in that late 1800s after U.S. army scouts discovered it while searching for Apache Indians thought to be in the region. Through the years, the town has managed to maintain its ties to its history while creating a modern identity as a quaint, culturally rich town. Here are a few places to explore.
The Old Bisbee Ghost Tour
This is not a simple walking ghost tour where you are led around town by a tour guide who recites local lore. This tour is led by a team of “Ghost Hosts” who take visitors to locally known spirit hot spots. One of the stops included is the Copper Queen Hotel, a four-story, brick, Victorian-style hotel that was built at the turn-of-the-century. Located in the heart of downtown the spot is said to have multiple ghosts, including a young boy who drown in a nearby pond and a young woman who worked as a female companion at the hotel.
Old Bisbee Brewing Company
A great spot to grab a cold beer after exploring Bisbee. The space itself is cozy and inviting and the staff does a great job of making visitors feel welcome. It is a nice stop if you enjoy craft brews, pleasant company, and a laid back place to kick back and relax.
The Lavender Pit
This might not necessarily be something at the top of your to-do list, but it is an interesting slice of history. Opened in 1950, the former copper pit mine produced approximately 86 million tons of copper by the time it closed in 1974. The pits are located next to the highway with plenty of signage explaining the history of the mine. It is a stunning example of the impact that mining has on our natural resources.
The Muheim Heritage House Museum
This historic home is an example of late 19th-century architecture in the southwestern United States. The home has been renovated and restored inside and out to represent the way it would have looked in 1915.
Main Street Shopping
Stores throughout the town are filled with vintage artifacts and antiques from the last century, artwork and jewelry, and quirky collectibles. Finders Keeper Antiques is worth a stop on your shopping trip.
There is a lot to be discovered in this charming southern Arizona town. Come and be inspired