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Cochise County, Arizona


"Queen of the Copper Camps"

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Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts


100 miles South and East of Tucson near the Mexican Border
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Moderate. Bisbee is free from extremes in weather, much cooler in summer than in Phoenix or Tucson. The air is always crystal clear!
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History & History Related Items

Bisbee was known as the "Queen of the Copper Camps". The discovery of the Copper Queen Lode in Bisbee led to the tremendous growth of Bisbee. Ores mined here include gold, lead, silver and zinc. Phelps Dodge built a railroad into Bisbee and began its operations here in 1892. The town is built in Mule Pass Gulch. The homes and businesses were built up the sides of the steep gulch. There are several mining museums in the town. The town was named for Judge DeWitt Bisbee, who was a backer for the Copper Queen Mine. By the early 1900's, Bisbee rich mineral sites helped it to become the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco with a population of over 20,000 people. Though considered a highly cultural area, Bisbee also had its rough side in places like the Brewery Gulch. A terrible fire swept through Bisbee's Main Street in 1908, destroying everything in its path. By 1910, nearly all had been rebuilt and the town became as it is seen even today. Gradually, the major mining began to play out and operations began to shrink. By 1975, mining ceased to be a major part of the economy of the area. Bisbee then became known as a great retirement area and artist colony. There are many events with an emphasis on the arts and on tourism. Bisbee welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are many well-preserved Victorian structures in Bisbee. Old boarding houses have been restored and many made into entertaining and comfortable Bed & Breakfast Inns. Shops abound in former saloons.

Cochise County History Magazine
Subscribe to the magazine and learn about Cochise County. $ 24.00 for 12 issues.
P.O. Box 1011
Bisbee, Arizona 85603
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The founding of Bisbee



Bisbee is the county seat of Cochise County.
Bisbee was named as one of the "best new American Destinations" by Travel & Leisure magazine.
Some of the things to see and do in the Bisbee area are: La Vuelta de Bisbee, Bisbee Poetry Festival, Historic Home Tour, 1000-Stair Climb, Mule Mountain Marathon, Bisbee Art Festival, Brewery Gulch Days, Bisbee Mineral Show and the Fiber ARts Festival. Bisbee is a great place to visit and to live. Many visitors have come back again and again, only to decide they would rather live here!

Queen Mine Tours
Phone: 520-432-2071
Underground Mine Tours, Surface Mines and Historic District, Walking tour
For information, reservations and group prices, please call.
Reservations recommended.

A Great Photo Page for Southern Arizona in the Bisbee area.

Arizona Cactus & Succulent Center
8 S Cactus Ln
Bisbee, AZ 85603-6356
Phone: 520-432-7040

Here's a site about Bisbee with photos, information and links for the area.

Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum
No. 5 Copper Queen Plaza
Bisbee, Arizona
Phone: (520) 432-7071
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 14
Bisbee, Arizona 85603
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Bisbee City Government

City of Bisbee
118 Arizona St
Bisbee, AZ 85603-1800
Phone: 520-432-6000


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

Bisbee Chamber

Bisbee Chamber of Commerce
1 Main Street
P.O. Box BA
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: (520) 432-5421
Toll-free: (877) 424-7234
Fax: (520) 432-3308

Bisbee Organizations

Bisbee Chamber of Commerce
1 Main Street
P.O. Box BA
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: (520) 432-5421
Toll-free: (877) 424-7234
Fax: (520) 432-3308

Bisbee Libraries

Cochise County Library District
2 Clawson St
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: 520-432-9250

Bisbee Schools

Bisbee Superintendents Office
510 W Melody Ln
Bisbee, AZ 85603-3035
Phone: 520-432-5381

Cochise County Superintendent
101 Clawson St
Bisbee, AZ 85603-1908
Phone: 520-432-9299 Bisbee


There are 2,210 miles of underground workings. This includes shafts, raises and winzes (vertical) drifts and crosscuts (horizontal) and stopes (where the ore was removed).

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