The Historic Mining town of Bisbee
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A clear and bright Saturday morning with nothing much to do, Bisbee came to mind and off we went. My daughter and I decided to plan our day starting with tea for me, Milo milk mix for her. Beside the park and taking her to her dad's there was nothing I could come up with that would excite her more than the later (both of which I dreaded) ha-ha! We decide to go to Bisbee! As spontaneous as always, I decided on Saturday morning that rather than take my daughter to spend a day with her dad or play at the park (known of which I fancied), that we would just go to Bisbee. Bisbee is about 90 miles from Tucson, however for us it was further because we decided rather than drive on the freeway, we would take the scenic Santa Ritas and go onto Hwy 83 through Sonoita.
Bisbee was founded in the 1800's (1880 t0 be exact), interesting the name of the city belongs go a Judge named DeWitt Bisbee. Bisbee is a historical mining town popular for Copper mining. The mine was called the Old West mining Camp (now known as the Queen Mine): no longer an active mine, the town of Bisbee uses it commercially as a tourist attraction. The town's Main street plays host to most of the business - from restaurants to pubs, to hotels, art galleries, the Bisbee Museum, Wall of peace, the 1000 stair way, to mention but a few.
The architecture is amazing; we saw amazing historic buildings that were formerly ravaged by fire favorably restored. Incredible Victorian and European-style homes perched miraculously on the hillside and the sun beautifully setting hit the hillsides as if to commemorate an era long gone by. My daughter was extremely excited when we came to the 1000 stair climb. At my age such stairs can easily torment my bodily functions (I have not exercised in a while, lol!). The 1000 Stair Way is one of the most popular attractions in Bisbee: an event organized to raise funds used to maintain and repair the stairs in Old Bisbee.
Sadly, we were not able to go on the Queen mine tour because we arrived at exactly 3:30 p.m. when the last train leaves. Beside that we did not have a reservation. We were advised to make reservations prior if we were ever to return. Here is a contact number for those who might visit Bisbee - 1 866-432-2071 (toll free within the USA), or book online by going to www.queenminetour.com I must make mention of the coffee shop - after the long walk sightseeing, the aroma of coffee and the taste of delicious ice cream at the back of the coffee shot is such a welcome treat. We sat down to coffee and Ice cream and were pleasantly surprised when the lone musician decided to play heavenly tunes. It did not last long as it was time for us to take the long road home by 5:30 p.m. It is a must see!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.