Local History – Bisbee Az

The history of Bisbee Arizona is the history of Copper mining. Visit the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum for a good overview of the times and then jump on a tour of the Queen Mine with one of the original miners. Scroll down to read the articles that may interest you.

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Big Snow in Bisbee – January 2013

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This video shows the homes of Bisbee in a rare snowstorm. Thanks to Mike Foster for this. Just in time for Christmas. For more Bisbee History see our Local History of Bisbee page. For more interesting things to do in Bisbee see our Things to Do in Bisbee page. … Continue reading

The Devastating Southern Arizona Earthquake of 1887

An adobe home destroyed by the 1887 earthquake just south of Douglas in Sonor

Editor’s Note: at the time of the devastating Southern Arizona Earthquake of 1887, there were only about 90,000 people living in all of Arizona Territory. The following account was written by Henry Bethea for The Copper Chronicles, a joint project of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum & Bisbee’s KBRP … Continue reading

Bisbee Grand Hotel Bed & Breakfast: A Review.

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I have had the pleasure of staying in many historical hotels & inns, including European castles. Considering their antiquity, travelers have to decide if the experience of living temporarily in a relic is worth doing without certain modern amenities and putting up with a few quirks & inconveniences.

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Ghosts of Bisbee

Upstairs at the Grand Hotel in Bisbee Historic District

Ghosts like Bisbee or perhaps Bisbee likes their Ghosts. I have stayed overnight at the Eldorado Suites Hotel in Bisbee, but did not encounter any ghosts. Nor was I promised any such encounters. Lots of places in Bisbee are “said” to be haunted. The historic old Grand Hotel on Main Street, for example. Lindsey, the bartender there described to me several otherworldly “events” she had personally experienced. Spooky.

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Inn At Castle Rock, Bisbee: A Lodging & Dining Review.

Inn at Castle Rock; Bisbee, AZ

I was given a tour of the Inn At Castle Rock recently. What a delightful old hotel. Built for local miners in 1895 by the first mayor of Bisbee, the Inn has 14 comfortably furnished rooms, all with their own theme: Asian, Geronimo, Sultan’s Harem … you get the idea. “Eclectic” would be a gross understatement. Somewhere between quaint and quirky. But none so outlandish that I would describe it as “kinky”.

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The Bisbee Massacre

Historic Bisbee

On a cold December day in 1883, five men robbed the Goldwater & Casteneda Store on Main Street that substituted for Bisbee’s only bank. They did so believing that the mining company’s payroll was locked inside the store’s safe. What started as a quick and easy robbery ended in the death of almost a dozen people.

The robbers quickly discovered a problem. The mine’s payroll had not yet arrived. Foolishly, the five robbers stuck around to steal what they could from the store, its owners, and customers. This took time. Time they did not have.

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