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The Cities and communities of Cochise County, Arizona*

Benson, Bisbee , Bowie

Cochise

Dos Cabezas, Douglas , Dragoon

Elfrida

Fairbank, Fort Huachuca

Gleeson

Hereford, Huachuca City

McNeal

Naco

Palominas, Paradise, Pearce, Pirtleville, Pomerene, Portal

San Simon, Sierra Vista, St. David , Sunsites

Tombstone

Whetstone, Willcox

*This list of cities may not be complete

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Information & Facts about Cochise County, Arizona


Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools

All of Arizona is on the Mountain Standard Time - year round. When other parts of the country go on daylight savings time, Arizona remains on standard time.

Government

Cochise County Website

The County Seat of Cochise County is Bisbee.

Cochise County Courthouse
1415 West Melody Lane
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: (520) 432-9200
FAX: (520) 432-5016

Cochise County Administrator
1415 W Melody Ln Bldg B
Bisbee, AZ 85603-3037
Phone: 520-432-9200

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Population:

1990 - 97,624
1996 - 110,358
2000 - 117,755
2003 - 124,013
2008 - 139,434

Density:
2000 - 18 persons per square mile

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Location:

Chochise County is located in the southeast corner of the state of Arizona. It is bordered by Mexico on the south, New Mexico on the east, Graham County on the north and on the west is bordered by Pima and Santa Cruz Counties.

Neighboring Counties:
North - Graham County, Arizona
Northeast - Greenlee County, Arizona
South: Mexico
Southwest - Santa Cruz County, Arizona
East - Hidalgo County, New Mexico
West - Pima County, Arizona

Cochise County is located in the Mountain Time Zone.


Here is a map page for the county.

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Climate:

The climate is semi-arid with very warm summers and moderate winters. Precipitation is low except during the period between July and September when the monsoons arrive with strong, but short-lived thunderstorms. Overall, the climate is enjoyable year-round!

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Other Facts and Figures:

Housing Units:
2000 - 51,126

Median Household Income:
2000 - $32,105

Per capita Income:
2000 - $15,988

Median Age:
2000 - 36.9 years

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History:

Cochise County was created on 1 February 1881 from a portion of Pima County. It was named for the Chiricahua Apache war chief, Cochise. The first county seat was Tombstone. The county seat was moved to Bisbee in 1929. The Famous town of Tombstone is located in the county.

In 1881, the now famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place. This fight took place on Wednesday, October 26, 1881 in Tombstone. The gunfight was between Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp against the Clantons and McLaurys.

Cochise is one of only three counties in Arizona without an Indian reservation.

The famous Lavender Pit and Copper Queen Mine are located in Bisbee. They began use in 1877 and continued for much of the 20th century.

Try this history page for the county

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Geography:

Total Area: 6,219 square miles
Total land area: 6,169 square miles
Total water area: 49 square miles

Elevation range:
3,580 to 9,798 feet above sea level

Highest point: Chiricahua Peak at 9,798 feet above sea level


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Genealogy:

Cochise Genealogical Society
Kindred Trails page for Cochise County
Genealogy Trails page for Cochise County

Linkpendium page for Cochise County

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Libraries:

Cochise County Library System

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Schools:

County Superintendent of Schools

Cochise College in Sierra Vista

University of Arizona South in Sierra Vista

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Economy:

The major industries in the area are farming, ranching, tourism and military. In the past, the focus was more on agriculture but the area is rapidly becoming more diversified.

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Organizations & Groups

Cochise County Historical Society
1012 G Ave
Douglas, AZ 85607-2018
Phone: 520-364-5226

The San Pedro Valley Arts and Historical Society
Phone: 520-586-3070

Benson-San Pedro Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2255
Benson, AZ 85602
Phone: (520) 586-2842

Bisbee Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box BA
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: (520) 432-5421

Douglas Chamber of Commerce
345 16th Street
Douglas, AZ 85607
Phone: (520) 364-2477

Pearce-Sunsites Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
P.O. Box 536/225
Frontage Road (520) 826-3535
Pearce, AZ 85625

Greater Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2380/21 E. Wilcox
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Phone: (520) 458-6948

Tombstone Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 995
Tombstone, AZ 85638
Phone: (520) 457-9317

Willcox Chamber of Commerce
1500 N. Circle I Road
Willcox, AZ 85643
Phone: (520) 384-2272

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Attractions & Other Information

Explore Cochise County - Land of Legends

Fort Huachuca

Cochise County Profile

OK Corral in the infamous town of Tombstone

Kartchner Caverns near Benson

The Amerind Foundation - A museum of Native American Archaeology, Art, History and Culture
2100 North Amerind Road
Dragoon, AZ 85609
Phone: 520.586.3666

The Benson Museum

The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

The Border Air Museum
Douglas
Phone: 520-364-4927

Chiricahua Museum in Willcox
Collections of historic artifacts including a Geronimo exhibit.
Phone: 520-384-3157

Coronado National Memorial
4101 East Montezuma Canyon
Hereford, AZ 85615
Phone: 520-366-5515

Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation

Fort Bowie National Historic Site
3203 South Old Fort Bowie Rd.
Bowie, AZ 85605
Phone: 520-847-2500

Garden Canyon - Wildlife viewing area at Fort Huachuca

Ghost Town Trails in Cochise County

Marty Robbins Museum
156 North Railroad Avenue
Willcox, Arizona 85643
Phone: 520-766-1404

Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Slaughter Ranch - a restored National Historic Landmark
6153 Geronimo Trail
Douglas, AZ 85608
Phone: 520-558-2474

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
This park may have closed but could reopen in the future. Be sure to make some contact before coming to the park


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