Bisbee is a quaint, old mining town located 90 miles southeast of Tucson and nestled amongst the Mule Mountains. The community was founded in 1880 and named after Judge DeWitt Bisbee, a financial backer of the Copper Queen Mine. Once known as “the Queen of the Copper Camps,” this Old West mining camp proved to be one of the richest mineral sites in the world, producing nearly three million ounces of gold and more than eight billion pounds of copper, not to mention the silver, lead, and zinc that came from these rich Mule Mountains. By the early 1900s, the Bisbee community was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco.
Today, Bisbee’s fine collection of well-preserved turn of the century Victorian structures are full of Old West history and copper mining lore. Old miners’ boarding houses have been refurbished into many charming small bed and breakfast establishments, of which no two are alike. Former saloons are now quaint shops, antique stores or art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Stroll Bisbee’s sidewalks and visit the charmingly restored neighborhoods of Victorian and European-style homes perched miraculously on the hillsides.
Historic Places to Visit
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Acclaimed as the finest example of mission architecture in the United States, the Mission San Xavier del Bac, also known as the White Dove of the Desert is located southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. For the first time in its more than 230-year history, free guided tours are now available. The 45-minute tours are led by specially trained, volunteer docents, who explain the Mission’s history and its lavishly decorated interior, the richest and most ornate in the Southwest. www.sanxaviermission.org
1950 W San Xavier Rd • Tucson, AZ 85746 • 520-294-2624
Science Centers & Stargazing
Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium
The Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium blends science and learning through interactive exhibits, astronomy, laser light shows in the planetarium, and one of the top gem and mineral collections in the country. A featured exhibit, “Exploring Sky Islands,” is full of fun, hands-on exhibits that take you from the desert basins to the pine forests on top of our Arizona mountains. The newest exhibit brings together a dazzling array of minerals and the stories behind them – the search, the discovery, the history, and the awe-inspiring science that make the specimens come to life. The exhibit conveys the excitement that inspires gem and mineral collectors. flandrau.org
1601 E University Blvd • Tucson, AZ 85721 • 520-621-7827
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