See also: Going Places: A Weekend in Jerome
Founded in 1880, the town, known for its gold, silver and copper mining, was named for a financial backer of the Copper Queen Mine, Judge DeWitt Bisbee. It was incorporated over a hundred years later and is now part of the larger Cochise County. The mine is no longer operational.
About 5,500 people call this small mining town home today, included nationally recognized comedian Doug Stanhope.
Hidden in the hills just north of the Mexico border, Bisbee is 207 miles from central Phoenix (82 miles southeast of Tucson) -- about a three-hour drive south courtesy of Interstate 10 East.
See and Do
After opening in 1877, Bisbee's most lucrative copper mine was closed by Phelps Dodge in the mid-1970s before being re-opened for tours in 1976. The Queen Mine tour ($12) takes the aspiring and interested below-ground for a look at what mining life was like in the 18th and 19th century, led by retired miners themselves. Tour-goers wear headlamps, helmets and yellow slickers for this adventure under the Mule Mountains.