Chamber of Commerce.
Bisbee was known as the "Queen of the Copper Camps". The discovery of the Copper Queen Lode in Bisbee led to the tremendous growth of Bisbee. Ores mined here include gold, lead, silver and zinc. Phelps Dodge built a railroad into Bisbee and began its operations here in 1892. The town is built in Mule Pass Gulch. The homes and businesses were built up the sides of the steep gulch. There are several mining museums in the town. The town was named for Judge DeWitt Bisbee, who was a backer for the Copper Queen Mine. By the early 1900's, Bisbee rich mineral sites helped it to become the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco with a population of over 20,000 people. Though considered a highly cultural area, Bisbee also had its rough side in places like the Brewery Gulch. A terrible fire swept through Bisbee's Main Street in 1908, destroying everything in its path. By 1910, nearly all had been rebuilt and the town became as it is seen even today. Gradually, the major mining began to play out and operations began to shrink. By 1975, mining ceased to be a major part of the economy of the area. Bisbee then became known as a great retirement area and artist colony. There are many events with an emphasis on the arts and on tourism. Bisbee welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are many well-preserved Victorian structures in Bisbee. Old boarding houses have been restored and many made into entertaining and comfortable Bed & Breakfast Inns. Shops abound in former saloons.
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P.O. Box 1011
Bisbee, Arizona 85603
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Bisbee is the county seat of Cochise County.
Bisbee was named as one of the "best new American Destinations" by Travel & Leisure magazine.
Some of the things to see and do in the Bisbee area are: La Vuelta de Bisbee, Bisbee Poetry Festival, Historic Home Tour, 1000-Stair Climb, Mule Mountain Marathon, Bisbee Art Festival, Brewery Gulch Days, Bisbee Mineral Show and the Fiber ARts Festival. Bisbee is a great place to visit and to live. Many visitors have come back again and again, only to decide they would rather live here!
Queen Mine Tours
Underground Mine Tours, Surface Mines and Historic District, Walking tour
For information, reservations and group prices, please call.
A Great Photo Page for Southern Arizona in the Bisbee area.
Arizona Cactus & Succulent Center
8 S Cactus Ln
Bisbee, AZ 85603-6356
Here's a site about Bisbee with photos, information and links for the area.