Welcome to Warren, Arizona, a city full of history, natural beauty, and interesting landmarks, making it one of the best things to do in Bisbee. Located just three miles south of Old Bisbee, Warren is a favorite destination for visitors on tours, particularly Big Jeep Tours, which offer a comprehensive 12 City Tour. Warren is also conveniently located about one mile south of the copper ore bodies and Arizona open pit mines like the Lavender Pit and the Sacramento Pit.
Warren's birth was out of necessity as the overcrowded and dirty conditions in Bisbee's steep hillsides were driving quality employees away from the mines. The solution was to build a new community, and Louis W. Powell and the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company in Bisbee AZ took on the task. The Warren Company was organized in 1905, and groundbreaking took place in 1906.
Warren followed the "City Beautiful" plan, which was already successful in cities like Washington DC and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and became Arizona's first planned community. It was designed as a "fan" shape with businesses and bungalow houses. The Warren-Bisbee Railway construction started at the same time and would connect Old Bisbee to Warren via electric trolley cars.
Today, Warren is a charming community with several landmarks and attractions to explore during our tours. Vista Park sits in the middle of Warren and is home to the Bisbee Farmer's Market every Saturday morning. The Warren Ballpark, which opened in 1909, is the oldest multi-functional operating ballpark in America and is home to the 1917 Bisbee Deportation where IWW sympathizers were kidnapped and shipped out of Bisbee.
The Walter Douglas Mansion or Loma Linda House in Warren was designed and built in 1907 by renowned architect Henry C. Trost, and the library was created by Gustav Stickley. The Greenway Mansion in Warren was owned and occupied first by Louis W. Powell and later by John Greenway. Today it is a popular bed and breakfast in Bisbee, AZ.
Gold Hill, a part of Warren, sits on the southern edge and has a quartz vein on its NE slope that drops placer gold in the nearby desert washes. The Bisbee Airport, built-in 1931, is three miles south of Warren on the way to Bisbee Junction. The current Bisbee High School was moved to Warren in 1959 and is home to the Bisbee High School Pumas.
In addition to its attractions and landmarks, Warren also has a rich history. The Phelps Dodge Mercantile Store prospered in Warren until the mining activity stopped in Bisbee. Today, the building is the Bisbee Boys and Girls Club. Toxic copper water flowed about 1/2 mile from the Dallas Mine Shaft in South Bisbee along 30 ft tall wooden flues and dumped into a wash in Warren AZ. Kids of the day often played or explored in the toxic water.
Whether you are interested in history, natural beauty, or simply exploring new places, Warren, Arizona, has something for everyone. Book your Big Jeep Tour today and discover this charming and fascinating community, which is one of the best things to do in Bisbee, for yourself.