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In the early 1900s, Bisbee with her booming copper industry, was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco.   The mining executives were very generous when it came to providing living spaces for themselves, their guests and the people of Bisbee.   Many of the buildings are listed on the National Register of Historical Places.  All of Old Bisbee is on the National Register of Historical  Places as the Bisbee Historic District.

The Bisbee Visitor’s Center has compiled a list of 12 distinctive buildings in downtown Bisbee that are not only architectural gems,  they also have special historical significances.  Information below is largely taken from he Bisbee Visitor’s Center’s Treasure Hunt walking brochure.  The brochure provides pictures and descriptions of the buildings without giving out the addresses.  Therefore, the addresses of these treasures will not be given until the end of the post for those who want to know.

oldcityhall1.  The Old City Hall:  It was also a fire station.  Ramps for horse drawn engines are on either side of the central door.  The bell was in the tower and warned of dangers from fires to mine cave-ins to Apache attacks.

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2.  Phelps-Dodge Headquarters:  is now the Bisbee Historical and Mining Museum, a National Registered Landmark.   It was the first museum in the southwest to be distinguished as a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum.

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bisbeestockexchange3.  The Stock Exchange:  This was the first stock exchange in Arizona as well as the only one between San Francisco and Chicago.   Now it is the Stock Exchange Saloon, recently (2012) renovated to its original glory.

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bisbeeoldjail4.  The Old Jail:    “The two-story jail … was built in 1904 as the local branch of the Cochise County Jail, just one block from Bisbee Arizona’s famous Brewery Gulch. By 1915, during Bisbee’s mining boom, the jail was not able to handle the weekend overflow of jail mates. The drunk tank was packed with as many men the cell could hold. The cell block literally became a sweat box and a larger facility became necessary. When the larger detention center was built nearby, the OK Street Jailhouse was closed and sat vacant for decades.” (excerpt from examiner.com).  It was converted into a residence in 1988.  John Wayne was once a part owner of this building.

PythianCastle5.  The Pythian Castle:   Joseph M. Muheim, Sr., an early Bisbee entrepreneur who emigrated from Switzerland in 1883, built the Pythian Castle in 1904 for the Knights of Pythias Lodge (fraternal order popular in post-Civil War days).  It was renovated into an apartment building in 1984.

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6.  The Muheim House:  a Registered National Historic site, was built by Joseph and Carmelita Muheim beginning in 1898. The first four rooms were completed in 1900. As the family grew, six more rooms were added. The house was completed in 1915.” (excerpt from  http://www.bisbeemuseum.org/bmmuheim.html).  The 1880’s Swiss Chalet is now a museum with period furnishings.

BisbeePresbyterianChurch7.  Presbyterian Church: The mining company gave permission to the Presbyterian Church to construct a church building on company land in 1902.  First worship service was on April 5, 1903.  In 1904, the property was deeded to the Church for $1.  It has beautiful stained glass windows and a working pipe organ with pipes 16 feet tall.

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8.  The Copper Queen Hotel:  built in 1902 to host visiting mining executives has been host to President Teddy Roosevelt and John Wayne and numerous ghosts.  It’s the oldest continuously operating hotel in Arizona.

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oldbisbeehighschool9.  The Old Bisbee High School (1914):  was in the Guinness World Records – each of the four floors has a ground-level entrance.   Learn more about the history of the old high school:  http://ow.ly/nYx9C

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stpatchurch10.  St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1917):  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Gothic Revival church is a copy of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the Irish district of Whitehaven, England.  St. Patrick’s 41 stained glass windows were designed and produced by Emil Frei, whose work is recognized as an unsurpassed example of Victorian-style stained glass.

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castlerocks11.  Castle Rock:  Bisbee’s original landmark, the twin granite monoliths, said to be the place Jack Dunn filled the soldiers’ canteens on a summer day in 1877 when he discovered copper ore and promptly recorded the first mining claim in Bisbee.     http://ow.ly/nYyis

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bisbeelibrary12.  The Copper Queen Library – the oldest continuously operated library in Arizona had its start in a corner grocery store in 1882.  The current library building completed in 1907, is shared with the Post Office, the Copper Queen Post Office.

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Addresses

1. Old City Hall:  8 Naco Road  (Dr. Feelgood Spa and Jailhouse Inn)

2. Phelps-Dodge Headquarters: 5 Copper Queen Plaza  (Mining and Historical Museum)

3.  Stock Exchange: 15 Brewery Ave (Stock Exchange Saloon)

4.  Old Jail:  9 OK Street  (OK Street Jailhouse Inn)

5.  The Pythian Castle: 29 OK Street (Pythian Apartments)

6.  Muheim House: 207 Youngblood Hill Ave (Muheim Heritage House Museum)

7.  Presbyterian Church: 19 Howell Ave.

8.  Copper Queen Hotel:  11 Howell Ave.

9.  Old Bisbee High School: 100 Clawson Ave (Cochise County Office)

10.  St. Patrick’s Catholic Church:  100 Quality Hill Rd

11.  The Castle Rock : adjacent to 105 Tombstone Canyon (Savory Spot)

12.  Copper Queen Library and Bisbee Post Office: 6 Main Street

Links:

1.  Virtual Tourist Things to Do in Bisbee Link.

2.  History of Bisbee Link.

3.  Bisbee Then and Now Link.

4.  St Patrick’s Church Bisbee Link.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

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For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

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A couple of nights ago, in preparation to view and photograph the  Perseid meteor shower, I went up to the deck of suite 401 at the Gym Club Suites to try out photographing the stars with our Nikon D600.  Before that I went online to learn how to set the ISO,  f-stop and shutter speed.  With my new found knowledge, I managed to take a few photos of the stars and was confident that I would be able to capture a few shooting stars later that night.

Starry skyI got up about quarter after 2 Monday morning and went up to the deck again.  Now that all the bars were closed, I was happy that it was darker and that I was able to see the stars much better.  It was so pleasant up on the deck – crisp cool air and a sky full of stars and  an occasional shooting star.  Every time I pressed on the shutter, I was hoping that a shooting star would appear at the direction my camera was pointing at.  No such luck.  Now I can appreciate much more the meteor photos I see on the internet.  But, I did get some interesting pictures.

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The Perseid meteor shower show will continue tonight, Tuesday August 13, 2013.  Although last night’s show was to be more impressive with more than 60 meteors every hour,  tonight’s show will peak at dozens of shooting stars every hour.

Tonight or any clear nights, there are places you can drive to within 10 minutes of Old Bisbee where you find yourself far away from city lights and be able to see dark sky full of bright stars.   Take highway 92 towards Sierra Vista, a couple of miles pass Safeway – anywhere you can find a place to park.  You can also drive up to the Old Divide for a good view of the sky.  Tonight will be a good one to view the Perseid meteor shower.  Maybe you’ll be lucky and capture one on you camera.

For more information of this year’s Perseid meteor shower and live stream of tonight’s meteor shower, click HERE.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

Rainbow’s End,  Suite 201, of the Gym Club Suites is a 1300 square foot, two story apartment suite with a 560 square foot deck that has a 270 degree view of Old Bisbee.  When the building was being renovated in 1985 into a 17 unit apartment building, the managing partner of the project, Garth Collier of Collier-Craft Development Company, designed this unit to be his future residence.   Mr. Collier lived in suite 201 and Mr Craft lived in suite 105 after the project was completed.

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View from SE corner of suite 201 deck.

View from SW corner of suite 201 deck.

View from SW corner of suite 201 deck.

After twenty some years, the wood deck has deteriorated.  It’ time for a new one.  But, it’s a big job.  The deck has no outside access and it’s two stories above ground level.  The old wood from the existing deck will need to be removed and disposed of.  The roof where the deck sits on needs to be cleaned and be coated with a couple of layers of roof coating because we’re hoping we will not have to work on it for another 20 years.  New wood will have to be taken up – over 150 pieces of 8 footers.

It’s mid-May.  The weather was getting hot.  But, it needed to be done before the monsoon season began.

We started out with an 8’x8′ area just outside the patio door.  We took out the existing 8×8 deck –  pried the wood boards off the joists, banged in the exposed screws, cut down the boards for easy handling.  We experimented with different gap sizes between the boards and how to compensate for boards that were not straight.  After the 8×8 area was finished, we had to stop for a while because of a check-in.  This break gave us time to reconsider how we would approach the rest of the deck.

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On the left are old joists with parts of deck boards still attached. On the right are stacks of 16″ 2×6’s. Lower right shows the 8×8 “new” deck.

The new approach would be to eliminate any kind of prying and banging down the screws.  This was accomplished by cutting both sides of the board that was screwed into the joist.   We ended up with pieces of 2×6’s that were about 16 inches long and old  joists with pieces of wood still screwed into them.  The joists were then cut into smaller pieces with a miter saw.  Once the old wood was removed, the roof  swept clean and painted, it’s time to build.  But, we had to take another break because of reservations.

With the experience of building the 8×8 deck, we decided to build the deck differently from before – which was  6 or 7 smaller, independent decks put next to each other.  This time, the deck boards would be staggered.  It was going to be one big deck – no more unevenness or wobbling.

Here are more photos:

Building the deck - one board at a time.

Building the deck – one board at a time.

Finished deck.

Finished deck: we used Cabot Wood Stain instead of paint – no more cracking and peeling paint:)

Now, imagine yourself enjoying a cup of coffee in the early morning – the sun is about to rise above the B Mountain.  It had rained the night before, but there’s not a cloud in the sky.  The air is crisp and fresh.  You can hear the birds chirping joyously, welcoming a brand new day.

Or, imagine later in the afternoon… the sun is already hiding behind the monsoon clouds; there is a light breeze.  It’s the perfect setting to share a bottle of wine with good friends, relaxing around the patio table, lingering until you hear the first thunder.   If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see this amazing sight (photo by Joseph Oland):  http://ow.ly/mZH9R

Monsoon season is actually a great time to visit Bisbee.  Our temperature is 10-20 degrees lower than that of Tucson or Phoenix.  The average summertime low is in the mid 60’s.  No matter how hot it gets during the day, we always have cool nights and mornings.   As a bonus, you’ll get to see the gorgeous waterfalls of Bisbee after the monsoon rain.

This year, we are offering low, low summer rates.   So, bring your entire family and enjoy a delightful summer vacation in Bisbee, Arizona at the Gym Club Suites.   We are also offering a summer deal at ArizonaGuide.com and DestinationBisbee.com.  Summer deal and summer rates ends September 30th, 2013.  Come visit us soon.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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Do you know Bisbee has magnificent waterfalls?  You can see them only after heavy monsoon rains.  If you should be in Bisbee during the monsoon season (July to mid September), be sure to take a drive to see this rare beautiful sight after it rains.

Starting from Old Bisbee, drive west on Hwy 80 and through the Mule Pass Tunnel.  Just 2 miles after you’ve passed the tunnel, there is a turnout on the left side of the highway where you can park.  Before you make the left turn, you should be able to hear the water running – a waterfall right next to the highway.  You’ll get better view of the waterfalls if you walk (southeast) towards Hidden Meadow Lane.  With your camera ready, look across the highway and up… zoom in.

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Cochise County Sheriff Department has encouraged people not to climb up to the falls.  Water makes the rocks very slippery – dangerous for the climber as well as the rescuers.  Just a week ago, a teenager was hurt there:  fractured back, broken ribs and elbow.

Enjoy the photos and videos.  Leave the climbing to the pros.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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At 47 degrees Fahrenheit year round, the Queen Mine is the coolest place to be in the summer anywhere in Arizona.  The Queen Mine operated from 1877 – 1975. It has seven levels with 143 miles of passageways. The Mine has natural ventilation due to the many shafts and drifts.

Outfitted in hard hat, miner’s headlamp and a yellow slicker, thousands of Bisbee visitors descend into the Queen Mine Tour each year—heading underground and back in time. Tour guides, retired Phelps Dodge employees, lead the group 1,500 feet into the mine and recount mining days, techniques, dangers and drama.  Adding a personal touch, the miner-turned-tour guides help visitors experience what it was like to work underground.  Some of the tour guides are already in their 80’s.  So, come visit soon.

Old Bisbee Map

Five tours depart each day, seven days a week, from the Queen Mine Tour Building, located immediately south of Old Bisbee’s business district, off the U.S. 80 interchange.

9:00am, 10:30am, Noon, 2:00pm, 3:30pm
$13 for adults
$5.50 for ages 4-12
(taxes are included)
Children under 4 are free.

Prices subject to change
Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Read about the  Queen Mine Tour history and the Bisbee mining history.

Browse through the beautiful rocks at the gift shop inside the Queen Mine Tour building.  You can also pick up brochures and maps at the Bisbee Visitors Center next to the gift shop.  Our volunteers are willing and ready to help you plan a wonderful visit in Bisbee.

Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum is another “must see” while you’re in Bisbee.  It’s part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliations Program, the first museum in the southwest to be designated – and distinguished – as an Affiliate since 1998.  Once a year the Mining Museum also sponsors a Turquoise Hunt where rock hounds can hunt for the valuable Bisbee turquoise – the Bisbee Blue.  (2013 Turquoise Hunt is cancelled, call around mid year 2014 regarding 2014 Turquoise Hunt.)

 

 

 

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

hummerEver held a humming bird and felt the beat of a itty-bitty heart 250 times a minute?

First watch this:  A story about trapping and banding a hummingbird.  The trapping method at the San Pedro may be different, but for each bird that is caught, the same information is measured and recorded.   The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO) website has a whole page dedicated to Hummingbird Banding on the San Pedro River.  Hummingbird banding at the San Pedro River is open to the public.  The 2013 summer schedule is as follows:  June 29, July 6, 13, 19, 25, August 2, 10, 16,24, 30, September 4,14, 21, 28, October 5 from 4pm to 6pm.  Call the San Pedro House at (520) 508-4445 for more information and to confirm schedule.

Don’t you now want to hold one of those precious little hummers and feel its heartbeat?   Plan on going to the San Pedro House on one of those dates above and come visit Bisbee.

San Pedro House (SPH) is only a 20-minute drive from Old Bisbee.  The address is 9800 Hwy 90 at the River, Sierra Vista, AZ 85650.  SPH opens daily 9:30am to 4:30pm.  Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.  Visit their website for other events (bird walk, education forum, spring festival)  that may interest you.

San Pedro River also offers numerous photo opportunities.  Enjoy some of the beautiful photos take by Bisbee photographer Charlene Mitchell at the River HERE.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

warrenbpThe Warren Ball Park in the Warren District of Bisbee, Arizona is the oldest professional ballpark in Arizona.  In 2009, we celebrated its 100th birthday.  To read more about the history of the ballpark and the famous players, including Babe Ruth –  click HERE.

The Warren Ball Park is the home of the newly formed Bisbee Ironmen.  Doubleheaders will be played every Friday and Saturday until July 6th.  The week following will be tournament week.  Schedule is subject to change.  So chick HERE to check the most current schedule and the tournament schedule.  You can also call 520-432-4372 for more information.

The Bisbee Ironmen are also on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/bisbeeironmenbaseballinc.   Here you will see profile photos of the players as well as the players in action.  Some of the players are staying at the Gym Club Suites until July 15th.  Come say hello and get your baseball/cards autographed.

vintagebaseballWarren Ball Park is also the home of the annual Copper City Classic Vintage Baseball Tournament.   The tournament is normally played at the end of March or the first part of April.  Read about the successful tournament in 2013 – Tournament, and see photos too.

The ballpark has been a venue for other events, such as the Bisbee Blues Festival (September 2009-2012) and Bisbee Youth Day (July/August 2012-2013).   During school year, it’s also the home of the Bisbee Pumas football team.

Directions from Old Bisbee:  80E to traffic circle.  Take 2nd right onto Bisbee Road.  Continue on Bisbee Road until it becomes Douglas Street.  Douglas Street will end at the ball park.

Addition reading:  Pride of the Ironmen dlvr.it/3bL0jk 

The Warren Ballbark  Arizona Experience

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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