March 25, 2017


We decided to do the tourist thing today and headed first to Bisbee which is about 8 miles from the border. The town was established in 1877 and the “Queen of the Copper Mining Camps.” Downtown has a peculiar appearance because the buildings are so tall and the streets so narrow. It has a great museum with 3 stories of items donated by the families who lived (and still live) in Bisbee. The town is mostly antique stores, galleries and quirky shops.


Little note: On the way out of town we saw a Ringtail (the Arizona State Mammal) crossing the road. They are supposed to be nocturnal so we aren’t sure why he was up or where he was going but we were happy to add him to our wildlife list.

And then there was Tombstone . . .

Tombstone was totally a tourist stop. There were lots of people and lots of ways to spend your money paying to see what Tombstone has to offer. It’s somewhere we know though because we’ve seen the movies  and heard the stories. It’s familiar in an odd way. The top picture is the courthouse. The late 1800’s hearse was built for $8000.00 and if built today would cost about ten times that. We didn’t ride the stagecoach or the trolley around town or stay for the gunfight reenactment, but we did pay to enter the Bird Cage and it was totally worth it.

I was so intrigued by the Bird Cage. Not because it was the “Wildest, Wickedest Night Spot, Between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast” but because it opened in 1881 and was open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year until it closed in 1889. It sat until 1934 when the new owners opened it to find that nothing had been disturbed in all that time. That may or may not be true, but what remains appears to be authentic even with the tourist touches. 26 men were killed there, there are bullet holes are in the ceiling. The Little Egypt poster has a knife hole and bullet holes in it and hangs in its original spot at the front door. The balcony rooms have their original curtains and the poker table and chairs remain from the longest running poker game ever, running 24 hours a day for over 8 years. There is too much to tell and you can always look it up online but a picture is worth a thousand words.


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