Bisbee is a small town in Arizona about 90 miles away from Tucson. The town is located on the slopes of beautiful Mule mountains. The town has been existent since 1880.
The major reason behind development of this town was the rapid growth of copper Queen mine, which was also one of the largest copper mines in the world.
However, the mines were closed in 1975 due to their extremely degrading environmental effect and the destination was growing famous among the people for its old buildings, shops, and other artistic attractions.
The article deals with the top attractions in the small town.
Copper Queen Mine
The city developed due to the growth of mining industry, so it is quite obvious that the major attraction of the city would be its mining industry and mines.
Copper Queen mine was the biggest mine in the county and produced most of the copper when it was functional. However, the mine was closed in late 20th century.
All the visitors can take the tour of the Copper Queen mine which is still open for tourist purposes. To ensure that you get the first-hand experience of working in a mine, all the visitors are provided with headgear and headlight.
For additional adventure, people enter the mine using a small train that goes deep into the mine. The guide is also a very knowledgeable person as he worked in the mine for 20 years before its closing.
Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum
Bisbee mining and historical museum is a famous small museum which describes the growth and development of the mining town of Bisbee. The museum is filled with items like artefacts, photographs, mining tools, and other everyday items that were used when mining was the major activity in the city.
The museum has a permanent exhibition which describes the story of the first 40 years of that city. It also represents how copper mining was done in the city. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum also organises rotating exhibitions with the help of Smithsonian.
The rotating exhibitions mainly deal about the art and history of the city. Overall the museum is a very good place to gather some really helpful insight into the past of the city.
Old Bisbee Brewing Company
It is quite understandable that after working for hours inside the mines, the miners used to get exhausted and needed frequent refreshment.
Due to this reason, the city of Bisbee has a lot of breweries and bars. One of the oldest brewing company, old Bisbee brewing company is one such attraction which dates back to decades and has been serving people since its inception.
Even though this place is small but it is quite fancy and a good place to grab some refreshing drinks. In addition to its extensive bar menu and handcrafted drinks, the place also offers some food items and free popcorn. The staff of the place is very friendly and amicable which makes this place even better for the visitors.
Lavender pit is one such place in Bisbee which beautifully depicts how mining ruins environment and nature’s rich gifts. Lavender pit was created due to the blasts that were done for mining purposes.
Each blast would break 75,000 tonnes of rock on everyday basis. Due to this regular process, a certain part of the mountain was diminished forever.
However, the pit was closed in 1975. But it is a major tourist attraction today as it provides an astonishing view of eroding mountain. The place also has some platforms to enable the visitors to enjoy the views.
Belleza Fine Art Gallery
Belleza fine Art Gallery is a small yet famous art gallery situated on Bisbee Main Street. The gallery has an exhibition of art pieces from 26 artists around the world.
These art pieces are made in different mediums such as oil paintings, pastel paintings, and some art pieces made using metals like copper. Apart from Exhibiting beautiful paintings, the gallery also sells local furniture and items produced by a non-profit organisation in order to help homeless women and children.
Each of these specially made furniture pieces are unique and a prototype could not be found. By visiting his gallery, you would not only get an exposure to the best art in the world, but would also do your bit towards helping the needy.
Old Bisbee Ghost Tour
Along with being one of the most famous mining towns, Bisbee is also reputed for being haunted. Night tours of the city are organised by various people and agents who take you out on the streets of the city during night.
The hosts are mostly locals of the city so they are very well aware about all the dark alleys and places where ghosts have been spotted in the past. A night tour on the streets of the city is one of the most unconventional yet adventurous way of knowing this place.
You would also feel the beauty of the city in the night lights when everything is very calm and silent. The tour is safe and can be taken by kids as well.
South-eastern Arizona Bird Observatory
South-eastern Arizona Bird Observatory is not limited to a single place or a location. Rather it is inclusive of all the multiple bird observation areas in and nearby Bisbee. South-eastern Arizona Bird Observatory was opened as a non-profit organisation to enable people to enjoy watching birds.
For the same purpose the organisation offers guided tours and trips, Bird walks, and band sessions such as hummingbird band session. Apart from these activities the organisation also organise various other activities for people who love to spend some time in nature.
With its major focus on nature and ecology, South Eastern Arizona bird Observatory is a perfect service for to be availed by all the nature lovers.
The Muheim Heritage House Museum
The Muheim heritage house museum is the former home of Muheim family which was constructed in 1915. The house is located on the top of a hill so that it enables the visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding places and mountains.
This house museum is a perfect example of defined art and architecture that was practised in the 19th century in the city of Bisbee. With its well-maintained furniture and restored original look, the place has been listed on the register of national historic sites.
The heritage house museum can also be rented for private events such as parties, weddings, celebrations, and business meetings as well.
Sam Poe Gallery
Sam Poe gallery was opened in 2008 as a gallery which exclusively exhibits the works of one couple, Sam Woollcott and Poe Dismuke. The gallery is a very fantastic example of artworks made using modern techniques.
Most of the art pieces in the gallery are made using mechanical and scientific techniques. For an instance, the kinetic sculpture, tipping ducks, yakking crows, disappearing mices, and many other wonderful items are made using objects from every day use.
Along with the sculptures, the gallery also has a number of paintings, drawings, and some prints which represent the architectural structure of Bisbee. The entire place is very lively, colourful and high-spirited and definitely worth your time.
High Dessert Market and Cafe
High Dessert market and cafe is a famous eatery which is housed in a small mall in Bisbee. This is a very famous eatery known for its quirky and unique food stations.
The cafe has a wide variety of items such as sandwiches, pastries, salads, cheeses and many more. The place offers variety of options such as eating inside, or eating in the outdoor space, or taking your food home.
This place is also a famous spot for local gatherings. Just like any other market this market is also very lively at all the times with artists giving their performances and people enjoying them. The market has other famous items as well such as some handmade soaps, local crafts, and specially crafted wines and beers.
Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant
Santiago’s Mexican restaurant was built in 1902 in a famous brewery housed in a red brick building. This place has a lot of stories and myths that go around about its past. Some people believe that it was a grocery store while the other believe that it was a barber shop.
Some also believed that the place was originally a pharmacy. However, at present it is a very famous restaurant with authentic food, great ambience and some really exotic cocktails. The place is also known for serving freshly prepared flavourful and affordable Mexican food.
Its menu is loaded with all the Mexican delights such as burritos, tacos, enchiladas, etc. However, the most famous dish on the menu is Molcajete. With their superb menu and unique ingredients, Santiago’s Mexican restaurant is definitely a worth visiting place in the city.
Bisbee Breakfast club
Bisbee breakfast club was opened for serving public in 2005 and has been growing since then. The place is a famous breakfast spot where you can easily get your hands on some of the most delicious pies, as well as a great lunch menu.
This restaurant has other franchisees as well around some other cities in the world. However, with its quirky setting and interesting infrastructure consisting of bricks and glasses, the Bisbee breakfast club is definitely a fun place to be.
Cafe Roka is one of the most popular and classy cafes in Bisbee. The entire decor of the cafe is very elegant. The charm of the Cafe grows by many folds due to the fact that it is housed in a very classy and beautiful historical building.
Opened in 1992, it was originally a bar. However, the place was changed into a cafe but it decor is still from its original form. The cafe offers fresh American cuisine. All the items in the menu are made using Local produce from the nearby Patagonia farm.
The cafe also organises for live music and jazz performances on a regular basis. The best part is that it serves items such as soup, lemon sorbet, and sometimes even salad as complimentary welcome items.
Bisbee Séance Room
Bisbee Séance Room is a very different experience which was curated by Kenny Stewart in form of a theatrical performance that would expose you to the ghosts and spirits for which the town of Bisbee is known.
The theatrical performance allows the crowd to participate in the performance and feel the history of the town by way of listening to the stories of the ghosts, paranormal activities of the town, and the houses that are considered haunted.
The performance goes on for 1 hour and is only a bit scary, so the kids can also watch and enjoy the show.
Erie street is a street in Bisbee which was not originally the part of the city. Rather, the entire area was a small mining city, Lowell which was later merged into Bisbee.
At present, the street is a really good place to see how the buildings and other non-living entities were not untouched by the havoc that mining created in this area. So, all these buildings, houses and shops were evacuated and no people were left.
Managed in the same manner, the place does not have any residents but only some vintage and aesthetic ruins in form of discoloured buildings, rusty vehicles, gas pump, ad many such things. For a positive side, some of the items are also perfectly intact in the place.
Bisbee is a very famous city for mining. It originated and later developed majorly due to the mining activities of the area. However, the town is itself a living example of how mining has ruined environment and lives of so many people.
The place is quite balanced as it has museums, shops, ruins as well as lush green sites for enjoying the bounties of the nature. This city in Arizona is definitely is a must visit place for all the fans of aesthetics and charms.