Monday, September 26, 2011

Bisbee: An Arizona Mining Ghost Town


One of my favorite minings towns to visit in Arizona is Bisbee.  The old section and main street of town is set down below the highway.  Many old buildings which line the street are filled with antique, new age stores and other businesses.  Along the main drag are hotels with interesting pasts and several claims of ghostly activity.  I stayed at the Copper Queen Hotel a couple of times and experienced some paranormal activity.  The town's residents homes are high above dotting the landscape, some having over 100 cements steps leading to their front doors.  At night time when you walk the streets, not only are they pitch black but on some occasions, a ghost or two just might be seen wander the streets as well. 

In 1877, a civilian tracker named Jack Dunn lead army scouts into the Mule Mountains to look for rebellious Apaches.  They found instead signs of mineral deposits consisting of lead, copper and even silver.  The first mine to be staked, later became Bisbee.  Many claims that were filed, lead to a lot of prospectors and on lookers running to Mule Mountain in hopes of striking it rich.  Due to the many claim filings, the town of Bisbee became known as the “Queen of the Copper Camps”.   Because of the growth and increase in population, they needed to meet the basic needs and services of all the people living there.  On January 9, 1902, Bisbee became the City of Bisbee.  By 1910 the city was the largest in the territory, with a population of over 25,000 people. 


By 1974 the ore reserves were dry which caused the closing of all mining operations in Bisbee.  With cheap real estate and history, Bisbee drew various types of people, “hippies”, retires, investors or just visitors.  There are many empty homes high on the hills above the main street.  Many stairs lead to those furthest away.  Today, Bisbee is more of an artist’s colony.  The architectural and history of Bisbee has been restored and is keep well preserved.  It’s the history and many stories of seeing ghosts that keep this small mining town surviving through all the hardships.







8 comments:

  1. That town is freaky crazy. I always get the feeling the residents are hiding from the world there and don't want to be found. The energy of that mining town is more potent than most mining towns and I don't know if it's because it's cradled in deeply in the mines with the mines all around the rim of its bowl or if its history is particular worse than most mining towns.

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  2. It looks like a charming town, though I've heard looks can be deceiving.

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  3. What a GREAT looking place!!!

    I wanna go there!!!

    ~shoes~

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  4. What a beautiful town.

    Also, I feel that I have to say this... even Bisbee has a Bank of America, but my town doesn't? Seriously?

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  5. That does look like a quaint little town. Wonder what the Native American lore of the area is? They were always so tuned in to energy and spirits.

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  6. Sis--I don't know what makes this town tick, but I love the atmoshere of it. We need to go there together and maybe do a ghost hunt.

    Vivienne--I looks like a quaint little town but with its history, there are spooky things afoot there.

    Shoes--you should and spend the night at one of its haunting hotels.

    Beer--haha, it seems like even the small towns have a BofA. They are everywhere.

    MM--that is a very good question. Now I have something else to research about this interesting town.

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  7. Bisbee looks like a great town with some interesting haunts.

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  8. You've gotta love ghost towns. The idea itself is so cool. :)
    But I'm too much of a coward to ever enter one. :D

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