I spent a few days in a quirky town in Southern Arizona called Bisbee. It has an interesting history, founded as a copper, gold and silver mining town by Judge DeWitt Bisbee, a financial backer of the Copper Queen Mine.
Phelps Dodge Mining Company built the historic Copper Queen Hotel in 1898 to accommodate the dignitaries and investors visiting the mine. It was not an easy building to construct as they had to carve out the mountain to lay the foundation, and it took four years to complete. In the early 1900s, Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco, with over 20,000 residents.
In 1950, the boom times were almost over and the population dropped to 6,000 people. Then in the 1970s, Phelps Dodge closed the mine and there was another mass exodus. Today, Bisbee has attracted an artist community along with some history buffs. I recommend taking a tour with Lavender Jeep Tours. The guide was so informative and took me places most wouldn’t get to see. They have a variety of tours to choose from and you will be amazed by Bisbee’s history.
We found a fabulous restaurant called Cafe Roka, which is in a historic building downtown. It opened as a tavern in 1907, and in 1993 owner/chef Ron Kass converted the space to Cafe Roka. He serves classic food and offers a delicious four-course meal. It’s the perfect way to end your day!