A Day in Globe/Miami

It's summertime, which means it's the perfect chance to make an exodus from the Valley, either by hitting the open road or jetting off to somewhere cool. Over the next few weeks, Jackalope Ranch will profile a few unique destinations around Arizona and the southwest that are perfect places for a daytrip or a weekend getaway.

If the local lore of Globe is to be believed, the tiny mining town located northeast of the Valley got its name almost by accident.

Hardscrabble prospectors of the 1870s came to the areas with dreams of digging up gold, only to find globe-like deposits of silver instead. More than 130 years later, both Globe and the neighboring community of Miami still offer plenty of hidden treasures, and we ain't talking about the massive amounts of copper that's still mined here.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.