Old Bisbee Tour

$50 / Person

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50 US dollars
  • 10 Copper Queen Plaza or I will call you for pickup location.

Service Description

After comfortably entering the Big Jeep via the electric, drop-down power step and grab handles, we head south to the three side-by-side open pits. Along the way, we’ll pass a famous celebrity’s former neighborhood and stop at the old dynamite explosion lookout to learn how Harrison Lavender formulated a profitable plan to extract copper to the depth of 900 ft. Lowell is our next stop with its vintage storefronts and automobiles on Erie St. (well-named). George Warren, the scoundrel who started the Bisbee mining community resides under a magnificent headstone in the Evergreen Cemetery and will watch us head past the solid copper Lowell School doors and back up the canyon to Old Bisbee. After passing the Pitaycachi Fault line and all the hell it unleashed in 1887, we’ll re-enter Old Bisbee and pass the two smelter locations. Did you know the first smelter is responsible for the Mule Mountain range losing all her timber as fuel? John Wayne’s hangover haunt is next and the first introduction to one of Bisbee’s one-lane, two-way roads. Winding carefully up the hill and hoping oncoming traffic doesn’t detour us, we pass Stephen Muheim’s residence which is now a museum. The road past the Muheim Museum drops quickly and we’re suddenly in the belly of Brewery Gulch, home to the red-light district, and every other night-time vice from 120 years ago. Ted DeGrazia, the Lyric Theater manager, would have waved to us many decades ago as we head up the hill to the overlook on high road. From high elevation, we can see the Glory Hole, the open pits, Warren (named after the lovable scoundrel), and most of Brewery Gulch and Main Street. On the way down another one-lane, two-way road, we’ll gaze upon Quality Hill, its affluent architecture, the County Courthouse, and St. Patrick Church. There’s a very good reason why the church faces the mountain. Now it’s time for some real elevation but to get there, we must traverse the historic US 80, part of which was permanently closed due to treacherous driving conditions. Don’t worry, they left the safe part accessible, and we’ll use that to get to the top of the mountain. Along the way, we’ll glance several times at the Sulphur Springs Valley until we reach the top. From the top, we’ll take in amazing views east towards New Mexico and south, several hundred miles into Mexico. Sometimes we can see the sparkle of the leaching ponds on top of dump #7.


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Cancellation Policy

Cancel at any time and full refunds due will be started within 24 hours.


Contact Details

+15204236279

travis@bigjeeptours.com

Bisbee AZ