Wandering Lizard

An online magazine with information related to attractions, lodging, dining,
and travel resources in selected areas of Arizona

Cochise County

Bisbee - Winter Snow Flurries

Bisbee, Arizona, is located on Arizona Highway 80 in the southeastern corner of the state very near the Mexican border. It had long been the home of Apache Indians before the Spanish began their exploration of the American Southwest. In 1877 a detachment of U.S. Army cavalrymen were in the area and a civilian scout by the name of Jack Dunn discovered signs of lead, copper and silver. Soon thereafter a number of others rushed in to file claims and the mining camp that was to become the city of Bisbee was born. Copper was the most important mineral that was mined and Bisbee became known as the Queen of the Copper Camps." Other minerals that produced significant wealth included zinc, manganese, lead, gold, and silver. In 1910 over 25,000 people lived in the town and in 1929 the county seat was moved from Tombstone to Bisbee. Profitable mining petered out in the 1970s, most of the mines were closed down, and the community went into decline. Today it has been resurrected as an artist's community with excellent tourist facilities.

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