Cemeteries are a great place to find history and Bisbee definitely has that. A visit to the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum will orient a new visitor. This year (2015) we went to Bisbee to go to the Cemetery Tour to learn more about the history of the people that built Bisbee in the late 19th, early 20th century. A similar tour is presented by Arizona Historical Society in Tucson. The re-enacters were not polished but brought a sense of "Life" to the people who are buried there. The cemetery is located near the Lavender Pit Mine in the Lowell District on Old Douglas Road near the Shady Dell. Here is what we found. We had a great day, topped off by an outstanding lunch at Santiagos Mexican Restaurant.
Joseph M. Muheim 1987-1951 was a businessman born in Switzerland and immigrated in the late 1800s. He came to Bisbee and worked with his uncles until he inherited his uncles's saloon and brewery. He built several major buildings in town, Muheim Block, Pythian Castle, and the Philadelphia Hotel. The Muheim Heritage house, Muheim's personal residence, and the Pythian Castle still exist. the Muheim Heritage House is owned by the city of Bisbee and is now a Museum.
George Warren - 1892 Prospector. George is credited with staking the claim for the Copper Queen Mine, at one time one of the most productive Copper mines. It is now a tourist attraction. George's drinking and gambling got in the way of his success. George was buried in a paupers grave. The monument you see above was added later.
George is most probably the miner featured on the Arizona State Seal, striking this pose, taken from a photograph by C.S. Fly.
Harry C. Wheeler 1875 - 1925 was a Soldier, an Arizona Ranger, and three time Sheriff of Cochise County. Wheeler was born in Florida and enlisted in the cavalry, and fought in the Spanish-American War. In 1903 he joined the Arizona Rangers, eventually becoming captain of the Rangers. While acting as sheriff, he was in charge of the Bisbee deportation. Wheeler was a captain in the Army during World War I.
There is an interesting story about one of the last Gunfights of the old west involving Sheriff Wheeler near Gleeson, Arizona. Read More