Saturday, October 13, 2012

More Sightseeing-Bisbee

We started the day at the Morning Cafe in Bisbee where the portions are big and the food is good.Then we toured the old town section of Bisbee, the town is in section around the closed cooper mine that is now a hugh deep pit and hills of tailings all nestled among the Mule Mountians. The community was founded in 1880 and name after Judge DeWitt Bisbee, a financial backer of the Cooper Queen Mine.This mining town was 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 the Mule Mountains. By the early 1900s, the Bisbee community was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco.

Today Bisbee has evolved into an artist colony and retirement community, known for its relaxedy life style. I enjoyed wandering through some very nice art galleries and gift shops. The few streets are very narrow and most of the houses are nestled on the step hills with no street access, steep stairs as common walkways are the only way to the houses. One set of houses has the famous 1000 steps to them. Really there are a 1000 steps to get to your house! Every year they have a race up the stairs. I sure wouldn't enjoy bring my  shopping home or for that matter moving in or out of such a home. What a fitness program.


Today is the birthday bash and tomorrow we are back on the road.

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