Thursday, September 17, 2015 : Bisbee, Queen Mine, Ghost Town


The hotel we slept in last night was clean and well tended. It leaves us with a very good impression. It is nevertheless time to leave for Bisbee, an old mining town, our last visit in Arizona.

 

Queen Mine, Bisbee, AZ

Queen Mine, Bisbee, AZ

 

We visit Queen Mine, a mine that, from 1882 till 1943, extracted mostly copper, plus some silver, gold, lead and zinc. Local mines were so profitable that, at some point, Bisbee was the richest mining district in the United States.

 

The visit is guided by a couple of former miners, who blatantly insist on safety precautions. This is wise. At some point, we are more than 1500 ft from the exit.

 

The guide explains the history of the mine, with a luxury of details about tools, miners' life underground, and accident hazards, not so frequent, but always present. It is so detailed I do not see time passing. It is already time to get out, and I still have many questions, that I ask outside.

 

Later on, we have a stroll thru Bisbee. Is it the end of the tourist season ? Is it the true face of this town that obviously has had better days ? We cross few visitors, and it seems there are more junkies (but why are they here ?) than tourists.


New Mexico desert

New Mexico desert

 

We then leave Bisbee to Las Cruces, NM. We catch up daylight savings time at the state line, and we arrive in Las Cruces at the end of the afternoon.

 

Before that, we cross a vast expanse of desert although, in theory, we have left the Sonora.