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Beautiful Historic Town in Arizona

Nestled within the Mule Mountains, the historic town offers visitors a window into the past. This picturesque town founded in 1880 is home to the old Queen Mine, the very heart of riches and economic growth when the town was at its height of growth. The old West mining town was then the richest mining town in the United States producing large tons of gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper. Until the early 1970s Bisbee was a thriving town, but then the minerals became unprofitable, leading to the departure of many employees who sought work elsewhere.

Today, Bisbee is one of Arizona’s main tourist attractions drawing thousands each year. Whether you are a resident of Arizona or just a visitor, a weekend getaway to Bisbee will engage you, your friends, family or colleagues in different activities. Take a tour of the historic town on the town tour bus, go on the Queen Mine tour, take a walking tour, and visit the breweries. Other attractions include the 1000 stair climb, the mini Museum of the Bizarre, Copper Queen Ghost hunt, and Old Bisbee Haunted Pub crawl, southern Institute of Art & Culture, Ghost Tours, the Restoration Museum, Muheim Museum Heritage House and the Apache Spirit Ranch.

Restaurants and Places of Interest

After the tours, you probably want to hit the restaurants for nourishment; southwestern foods are the main cuisine in this town. Highly recommended for Mexican cuisine is Santiago’, for coffee and refreshing Ice cream, stop by the Bisbee Coffee Company across from Main Street. Day or night, you will find refreshing drinks at St. Elmo’s Bar, Old Bisbee Brewing Company for the beer lover. Most people love hot dogs; Jimmy’s Hot Dog Company takes care of that craving. Double P Roadhouse Bar & Grill will satisfy your steak and other food needs.

Nothing will disappoint you in Bisbee if you keep an open mind and just enjoy yourself. Of course some people are particular and expect to find the same things they left at home, try not to do that. Leave what is home at home, have fun. This is also a quite cheap weekend as long as you are not buying art. Most meals at whichever restaurant you choose is anywhere between $8-25, quite affordable.

With more than 50,000 people visiting the Queen Mine, you will need to make reservations for a ticket to visit; otherwise you are in for disappointment without one. It is quite cold in the mine, so no matter the time of year, carry a jacket or sweater.

In the National Registry of Historic Places

Old Bisbee historic and commercial district was added to the National Registryof Historic Places. With 240 contributing properties. Some buildings, such as the Copper Queen Hotel and the Miners & Merchants Bank (which now houses an arts and antiques gallery), are more than 100 years old. In addition, the Copper Queen Plaza is one of the earliest commercial buildings in Arizona built by developer Del Webb.

Other historic buildings in Old Bisbee include the Gulch Brewery, the Pythian Castle which is now an apartment building, the Cooper Queen Plaza, the Muirhead House now a Bed and breakfast.

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  • Last visit to Bisbee: Mar 2013
  • Intro Written Mar 16, 2013
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