Bisbee/Queen Mine

We liked Bisbee so much that we stayed a few extra days. We were staying in this cute little RV park overlooking the gigantic pit mine, close enough to easily walk to town. This is a town with a lot of personality--old buildings, teetering houses, real handcrafted arts, even the junk shops are creatively arranged. We ate in several small restaurants--Roma Bella, Bisbee Grill, and Cafe Cornucopia--with high quality foods at reasonable prices. We hung out for an evening at the local saloon, Brad played pool and we listened to a local singer/songwriter, who was quite good. It was also a great location for several day trips around the southeast corner of Arizona--so much to see there!The Queen Mine is just on the edge of town. It was in operation until 1975. They have found an amazing variety of ores here, but mostly copper. They give tours underground that last about an hour. You have to don yellow slickers, hard hats and lanterns to ride on the little tram into the mine. I certainly learned a lot about the mining industry.

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