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.
(Part I saw Takeo laid off from Phelps Dodge in Morenci during the Depression after he witnessed the Bisbee Deportation. He was Japanese in a White Man’s Mining Camp. By all accounts he was welcomed into White society. Then came the attack on Pearl Harbor and all Americans of Japanese …Continue reading
On occasion, we invite knowledgeable writers to contribute to our website. Today, we have Mike Anderson, a borderlands historian and researcher, former Arizona history teacher, author of “Warren Ballpark” and articles published in the Journal of Arizona History and the Cochise County Historical Journal. In this article, he writes about …Continue reading
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.
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.
Bisbee, Arizona boasts an exciting piece of baseball history. It is home to the Warren Ballpark, considered the oldest continuously used professional baseball venue in the country. The field was built in 1909, five years before Wrigley Field in Chicago!
Southern Arizona is an interesting mix of modern life and ancient tradition. Here is one of those stories in the Mule Mountains close to Bisbee. Enjoy. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate people …Continue reading
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
(Annie Larkin is one lucky lady. As curator of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, she gets to hunt through old cases & drawers in this wonderful old building in search of hidden treasures, such as the story below. Reproduced with permission.) In September of 1928, Amilia Earhart was one …Continue reading
Law of Necessity by James Rhodes is an historical fiction about the Bisbee Deportation of 1917. Warning. Published in 2013, this book is only available as an eBook or Kindle book. For some of us that might be a problem. The subject of the Bisbee Deportation has fascinated me for …Continue reading
One hundred years ago this year, 2017, one of the most egregious actions by a corporation took place in Arizona. In the midst of America’s involvement in WWI, copper mining was at an all time high. Miners were striking throughout Arizona for better wages and conditions. They brought in the …Continue reading