HomeLocal HistoryLocal History - BisbeeBisbee, AZ Burns To The Ground. Hundreds Are Homeless!

The following account of the 1908 Bisbee fire was written by Henry Bethea for The Copper Chronicles, a joint project of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum & Bisbee’s KBRP Radio Station. He holds the copyright and this article is reproduced here with permission.

1908 Bisbee Fire 

In 1908 Bisbee had been around nearly 30 years and no longer looked like a rough mining camp.  It was a small city with a growing population, businesses, schools, churches and society--a bright spot in the Arizona territory about to become a state.  Theodore Roosevelt was finishing up his second presidential term; Titanic was just a blueprint of the largest ocean liner ever imagined.  Life in the high desert could be hard and though the town was well established, disaster was always a threat. Read More