Nestled in the mountains at an elevation of 5,416 ft., Bisbee offers a large variety of recreational and educational activities. Host to numerous festivals throughout the year (such as the Blues Festival in September), parades, large variety of shops and restaurants and wonderful
historic inns, the town itself will keep you busy. Founded in 1880, it was once the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco2.
Old Bisbee and the Muheim Heritage House, located among the historic homes above Brewery Gulch, offer a look at Bisbee's Victorian style architecture of early 1900's.
Walk the winding streets of Old Bisbee for some wonderful dining and shopping experiences. Take the guided Old Bisbee Ghost Tour if you have a true "spirit" for adventure.
See "resources" below for more information on Old Bisbee and The Ghost Tour.
Muheim Heritage House: Built in 1900 by Joseph and Carmelita Muheim, this home is registered as a National Historic Site. It is located at 207 Youngblood Hill and can be approached by Brewery Gulch.
Joseph Muheim was an early Bisbee businessman, making his fortune in mining, local businesses and real estate1.
The house sits on a hill, offering spactacular views of Old Bisbee and the surrounding countryside. Be sure to stop by for a friendly visit with the very knowledgeable curator.
See slide 4 above.
Bisbee Mining & Historic Museum
Learn about copper mining and the history of Bisbee by visiting the exhibit at the Bisbee Mining and Historic Museum.
Mining played an important role in Arizona history. See photos and exhibits on the mining operations and day to day lives of the people of Bisbee in the early 1900's.
Why is copper important? The museum has an excellent display of copper containing products that we depend on in our lives.
Over 8 billion pounds of copper were mined from Bisbee's mountains between 1877 and 1975. Gold, silver, lead and zinc were also mined in Bisbee.
These mining operations turned Bisbee into a thriving community3.
Go to: bisbeemuseum.org for more information.
Queen Mine Tour
Don hard hats, lights and slickers and ride the train deep into the mine to experience the mine and the lives the miners lived.
The tour takes about an hour and some stair climbing is required to see all of the areas. NOTE: Year round temperature in the mine is 47 degrees.
Go to: queenminetour.com for more information.
1. "Muheim Heritage House." (Brochure). Bisbee Museum
2. "Discover Bisbee." Bisbee Visitor Center DiscoverBisbee.com
3. "Bisbee Mining Historic Museum." September 2007. Bisbee Museum
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