A Wonderful Afternoon with a Wonderful Lady
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Bisbee Arizona is 82 miles southeast of Tucson where Africancrab drove from to see little old me. We walked, we talked, we ate, we drank what a great day!! Â Bisbee seems to have a âï¿½ï¿½hippie retirementâï¿½ï¿½ feel, long gray ponytails on both the men & their ladies.Â I saw more than one tie-dyed shirt on the streets & in the shops.Â Bisbee was founded as a copper, gold, and silver mining town in 1880 and named after Judge DeWitt Bisbee, one of the financial backers of the adjacent Copper Queen Mine.
In the May-June 2000 issue of Modern Maturity, the AARP highlighted what they called the most 'alive' places to retire in the U.S. Â Bisbee was a runner-up as one of the "quirkiest" towns in America.Â I know Bisbee will always get my vote.Â
Thanks to the Bisbee Visitor Center at toll-free at 866-2BISBEE (224-7233). http://www.discoverbisbee.com
WALKING TOUR GUIDE SHOWCASES BISBEEâï¿½ï¿½S âï¿½ï¿½HISTORY ON THE HILLSIDEâï¿½ï¿½
With a new Bisbee Historic Walking Tours brochure, visitors can explore Bisbeeâï¿½ï¿½s early 20th-century architecture, fantastic shops and Old World charm.
The walking tour brochure describes the architecture at more than 25 points of interest. An urban frontier outpost, Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco in the early 1900s. Self-guided and self-paced, the brochureâï¿½ï¿½s tours allow visitors to explore the town, lingering at any location they choose. Tours include Brewery Gulch, Main Street/Tombstone Canyon plus routes for more ambitious walkers.
The tour of Brewery Gulch, a storied street that was once home to more than 40 saloons and bars, lasts approximately one half-hour. It includes St. Elmoâï¿½ï¿½s Bar, which has been operating for more than 100 years, the Pythian Castle, now an apartment building that was originally built by a fraternal order popular in post-Civil War days, and Lyric Plaza, which is now home to a realty company. Tracks from the original Bisbee streetcar system remain near the Lyric Plaza.
The Main Street/Tombstone Canyon Tour lasts approximately one hour. It includes the Copper Queen Plaza (formerly the Phelps Dodge Mercantile Store) that now houses restaurants shops and galleries, the Iron Man Statue, the Bisbee Womanâï¿½ï¿½s Club, which is the oldest continually operated womanâï¿½ï¿½s club in Arizona, and the Muirhead House, now a bed & breakfast inn, which is the largest building constructed of wood in Old Bisbee.
Old Bisbeeâï¿½ï¿½s historic commercial district has been designated a National Register Historic District with 240 contributing properties. Some buildings, such as the Copper Queen Hotel and the Miners & Merchants Bank (which now houses an arts and antiques gallery), are more than 100 years old. In addition, the Copper Queen Plaza is one of the earliest commercial buildings in Arizona built by developer Del Webb.
Thank you Harriet; for taking the time to pick me up and take me for a wonderful afternoon in a quirky little Arizona town.Â