Copper City Territory Tour

Warren Ballpark from 1917 Deportation Lo

A THIRTY+ MILE JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTING BISBEE'S BIRTH AND GROWTH ALONG WITH STUNNING HIGH ELEVATION  AND CROSS-BORDER VIEWS

 

Street travel with elevation changes along with mild bumpiness on a primitive dirt road.

  • See the locations and buildings of Bisbee’s beginning

  • Find out about the history of the open mining pits

  • Learn about surrounding city fates

  • Enjoy the stories that accompany numerous historic locations

  • Take in extraordinary views of southeastern Arizona from a high elevation

  • Learn about the geology, Mule Mountain landscape, and local wildlife that includes a surprising and dangerous inhabitant

  • Enjoy the first planned community in Arizona and its controversial event in 1917

  • Learn about Bisbee's local celebrity residents and visitors

  • Find out about the community that sprung up to build Bisbee's first railway

  • See the historic buildings used to house the men protecting America from war

  • Learn about America's first foreign aerial bomber

  • Stand within arm's reach of the border wall

  • Take in the mansions built for the mining executives that shaped the territory

  • Visit the oldest operating ballpark in America 

 

TOUR DETAILS

 

Step into the Big Jeep (step stool provided) which is enclosed, climate-controlled, and sheltered from unpleasant weather and wind. From your chosen pickup location, the tour takes you through Old Bisbee and its small winding roads. You’ll learn about the first and second smelter locations sitting across from Brewery Gulch. You’ll head “into” the Gulch and learn about mining boarding rooms, opium dens, the red-light district, the Bisbee Riot, monsoon flooding, and the Black Bear that entertained Miners in Joseph Muhiem’s Stock Exchange Brewery and Bar. Traveling past E.A. Tovrea and Co. Butcher’s location (he built the Tovrea Castle in Phoenix you know?), you’ll see where John Wayne slept when he didn’t want to be bothered and peek at the theater once managed by famous artist Ted DeGrazia. Up on High Road, Bisbee’s first prominent mine entrance can be seen along with picturesque views of the top of Old Bisbee and the valley heading towards Warren, AZ., and Mexico. Then you're headed to Quality Hill to learn why St. Patrick's Church faces the mountain instead of Main St.

Off to the open mining pits where you will pass removed neighborhoods and learn about a famous former resident who grew up there. The Big Jeep takes you to the old dynamite explosion observation lot. There, you will see how the Lavender Pit designer blasted away the mountainside and profitably removed the low-grade ore to be processed In the nearby leaching ponds.

 

After learning about mining operations and Bisbee Blue Turquoise, Lowell is the next stop with its famous and well-preserved historic main street and antique vehicles. On the way to see Lowell School’s solid copper entrance doors, you’ll gawk at The Shady Dell Hotel and its vintage airbus rooms and the giant headstone to George Warren's grave which sits in the Evergreen Cemetery, next to the Hotel.

 

Warren, the first planned community in Arizona is the next destination after traveling around all of the rocks, dirt, and tailing removed from the Lavender Pit and Holbrook Extension. You'll drive past the St. Stephen Nemanja Serbian Orthodox Church on the way to the former Calumet and Arizona Hospital perched above Warren. Once in Warren, you'll see the mansions that served the mining executives along with the location and history of the controversial Bisbee Deportation of 1917. 

Passing by the former tailings of the Sacramento Pit, you'll visit yet another Bisbee community established in 1902. Don Luis is named after a former mining boss who built Bisbee's first railway and overlooks hundreds of miles into Mexico.

Speaking of Mexico, Naco is the next destination where you'll see the US Army fort built to house more than 5000 soldiers during the Mexican Revolutionary War. Nearby at the border wall, you'll learn about famous presidential visitors and the first foreign aerial bomber in American history.

From Naco, it's time to head back through Bisbee and up to the top of the Mule Mountains. Juniper Flats Road carefully skirts switchbacks and Mountainside paths along the way above the Mule Pass Tunnel. You’ll learn about local wildlife and fauna; you may even see a rattlesnake (it’s happened on tour), deer, or Coati Mundis. Extraordinary views of the Sulphur Springs Valley and Chiricahua Mountains can be seen as you ascend to 7100 feet elevation. Once at the top, you’ll exit the jeep for breathtaking, scenic views of Southeastern Arizona and Mexico. Vast mountain ranges hundreds of miles away are visible along with the border wall and the Whitewater Draw where the giant Sandhill Crane migration occurs annually.

 

The Copper City Territory Tour will leave you with lasting knowledge and memories about Bisbee's size, history, and formidable role in American history!