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Lowell Arizona is located 1.27 miles south of Old Bisbee AZ. US Highway 80 is the only road between Bisbee AZ and Lowell making it one of the few communities that are on all three signature Bisbee tours.
The city of Lowell AZ started in 1899 when Frank Hanchett of Lowell Massachusetts started the Lowell & Arizona Copper Mining and Smelting Company. Hanchett named the mine after his hometown namesake.
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The Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company, a subsidiary of the Phelps Dodge Mining Company in New York City bought the Lowell Mine in 1902.
After the Lowell Mine started, the Junction Mine, the Hoatson Mine, and the Briggs Mine soon followed and a tent community started for the miners. The tent community evolved into what would become Lowell AZ.
The townsite of Lowell was planned in 1904 by the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company. The townsite is where your tour guide's family first moved to the area from Stephenville TX in 1913.
In 1907, four tons of dynamite exploded, leaving a 60 ft crater. Five miners were injured, and nobody was killed but the blast broke every window in Lowell AZ.
Lowell boasted a population of 6,000 residents in the early 1900s. In fact, had Lowell been a part of Bisbee with its 25,000 residents in the early 1900s, Bisbee would have been larger than San Francisco CA.
During the controversial Bisbee Deportation of 1917, when the mine bosses cleansed Bisbee of the "Wobblies", the line of copper miners walked to Warren Ballpark and went right through Lowell AZ, and past the Junction Mine Shaft.
The Lowell Mine closed in 1926 but the headframe was removed and used as the Warren Mine Shaft and sits there today.