COPPER CITY TERRITORY TOUR
One of the Best Things To Do in Bisbee AZ
THE GRANDADDY-OF-THEM-ALL THAT INCLUDES ALL OTHER TOURS COMBINED
Street and offroad travel with elevation changes and mild bumpiness.
InTown Travel and Top-Of-The-Mountain Offroad Travel
The Old Bisbee Tour is an in-town AND offroad version of our Bisbee jeep tours that travels over 30 miles.
After picking you up at a location of your choosing, the Copper City Territory Tour includes the following sites:
Lowell had nearly 6000 residents in its heyday and is the community closest to Old Bisbee. Most of the residential homes were moved to make way for open pit mining in the 1950s. Erie Street (Lowell's Main St.), however, is still intact and preserved with antique vehicles and storefronts. Do you remember gas pumps that sat on the edge of curbs? Erie Street is also a great place to witness a professional photo shoot on the weekends because of its scenic infrastructure. Lowell is even more intriguing when you learn that a section of Erie Street sits on a giant bed of Bisbee Blue Turquoise ore. The Shady Dell Hotel, the Evergreen Cemetery, the Junction Mine Shaft, and the Denn Mine Shaft are part of Lowell's history and full of famous events and people, like Frank Hanchett. Do you know who he is?
San Jose/Don Luis/Tin Town/Galena/Briggs
Galena is the community built for the soldiers who came to help with copper mining after most of the local miners were drafted for WW2. There's also a magnificent view of the Campbell Mine Shaft in Galena with its leaching pond, hoist barrels, and railcar loading boxes. Tin Town is a community that was once made of its namesake - Tin. Its streets are named for the residents who started the community and we will see what remains of the South Bisbee community along with the Dallas and Cole mine shafts. The first Dump #1 will be visible, made from the tailing of the Sacramento Pit. E.A. Tovrea's meat processing plant location is on the way to Don Luis, which is named after Lewis Williams and housed the workers who built the first area railroad. That railroad paved the way for the mining boom that happened under James Douglas' direction.
Naco is the community along the US/Mexico border. Do you know where the name "Naco" came from? We will stop about 50' from the border wall, where Nancy and Ronald Reagan used to have cocktails before visiting their friend in Mexico. Other famous folks to visit the same bar include Tito Ortiz, and Justin Gaethje from UFC fighter fame. Camp Naco is here and many structures remain. The Buffalo Soldiers staying in Camp Naco once got in a shootout with Bisbee police during a night out. Naco is also the location of the first foreign aerial bomber in American history.
Warren sits in the "foothills" section of the Bisbee area and is packed with history. Warren, named after George Warren, started in 1902 and some of its interesting architecture includes the Warren Ballpark, the Calumet & Arizona Hospital, the Campbell Mine Shaft (deepest in the area), the Walter Douglas House, and many more sites of intrigue. Warren is also where the "Black Sox" found a home, is the gathering place of the Bisbee Deportation, and has a Green(Way) House that Teddy Roosevelt liked to visit. Besides Teddy Roosevelt, Warren has had famous residents and visitors like Billy Martin, Johnny Depp, and Jim Thorpe. Not to mention the famous American who was a member of Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders". Warren is often overlooked by Bisbee visitors because it's hidden by the Lavender Pit's tailings but a must-see contributor to Bisbee's illustrious history.
Old Bisbee is the crown jewel of the Bisbee area. It's where Bisbee started and possesses unique architecture framed within canyon walls that supported the largest city between the Mississippi River and San Francisco. Places like the Red-light District, Brewery Gulch, and the "Hanging Tree" are part of numerous historic sites to learn about and visit. Besides others, you'll hear about John Wayne, Ted DeGrazia, and the real father of Bisbee - James Douglas. We'll travel narrow, edge-of-dropoff streets that are two-way and one lane wide. Many events happened in Old Bisbee's development and history. Did you know John Lynch joined the first posse looking for himself? He was a cheeky fellow who met his demise on a telegraph pole outside the Tombstone Courthouse.
Juniper Flats is the high elevation area overlooking Bisbee, the Sulphur Springs Valley, Southern Cochise County, and Mexico. Getting there is a fun, primitive dirt road experience full of awe-inspiring views in the middle of scrub Oak, Manzanita, Juniper, and Pine foliage. Did you know a gold mine once operated on top of Juniper Flats and its owner displayed the nuggets at his restaurant near Brewery Gulch? We'll stop at the top of Juniper Flats between 6900 - 7000 ft elevation. It's a great place for photos because the views are sometimes a few hundred miles. Local wildlife encountered at Juniper Flats during our tours has been Javelina, White-Tailed Deer, Mule Deer, Coati's, Gopher Snakes, Black-Tail Rattlesnake, Turkey Vultures, and Mohave Rattlesnakes.
Once the tour finishes and you're chock-full of Bisbee history from the in-town and offroad version of our Bisbee tours, the Big Jeep happily and gratefully delivers you to any dropoff location of your choosing.