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.