From Tombstone we continued south on AZ-83 into Bisbee. The town was founded in 1880 as a copper, gold, and silver mining center, and thrived until the mid 1970s. Now it is an artist colony and retirement community.
We arrived too late for any mining tours, but managed to find Ok Street and drive up the narrow road to view the town built between the steep walls of the Tombstone Canyon, and the many stairs used to get around town.
|Bisbee from Ok Street|
|Looking down Ok Street|
We didn't meet any more traffic and made it safely to the stop sign (for people like me!) at the end of Ok Street.
|The Old Jail (1904)|
|Former Lyric Theatre (1917)|
|The Great Stair Climb sign|
|The Inn at Castle Rock (1895)|
|Castle Rock and|
"The Peace Wall" by Rose Johnson
|Copper Queen Hotel (1898-1902)|
As we drove out of Bisbee, we stopped at the Lavender Pit, a former open-pit copper mine, leaving an enormous figure-8 hole in the ground.
|Lavender Pit south side|
|The pit is 900 feet deep|
|More cattle as we headed east (KAH)|
|Lepus californicus/Black-tailed Jackrabbit|
Next: Chiricahua National Monument.