Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bisbee, AZ

In the late 1880s and early 1900s Bisbee was a booming copper mining town. Today it's a well-preserved historic old town, boasting a Smithsonian Mining Museum and quaint B&B's. The Queen Mine is still open for tours and the tailings decorate the mountains edging the town with beautiful shades of orange. This mural is a recent artistic contribution to Main Street's wall.

It's fun to walk the sloping streets visiting the shops and historic buildings. Jan and Nancy spent an afternoon poking around in the shops and taking a look at the town's many unbelievable stairs that lead to the homes on the side of the mountain.

We also talked the desk clerk at the Bisbee Grand Hotel into taking us for a tour. Among the room motifs were Victorian, Hollywood, Japanese and our favorite, the western room with the covered wagon bed. (See Nancy trying out the wagon below.)

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