"Bisbee - AZ - USA" Bisbee by TinKan

Bisbee Travel Guide: 111 reviews and 365 photos

Bisbee, 90 miles southeast of Tucson, is the picturesque county seat of historic Cochise County. The community was founded in 1880 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 three million ounces of gold and more than eight 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.

In 1902 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 shady 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.

  • Last visit to Bisbee: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated May 29, 2005
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    I enjoyed a lot reading your descriptions. Haha, what a place with downtown :-) I stopped there for a while in April 2003 (looking for gold :-).

  • LVMan's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2005 at 1:26 PM

    You get to go to all of the strange places. Nice place and photos.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2005 at 7:00 AM

    Artist colonies are usually great little places, arn't they! Love your into pic Keith. (~_~)

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