Daily Archives: January 28, 2012

Bisbee: A Town with Grit and Charm

We’ve had a lot of changes going on here, which you will read about soon, so I am just catching up on blog posts from where we were a couple of weeks ago.  We stayed with Melanie, who we met through CouchSurfing and spent three days exploring the funky little town of Bisbee.
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Bisbee is a great spot for a Beer, Bikes, and Bacon lover like Jay.  Where else do you find a bicycle brothel?

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And frankenbikes leaned up in the alleys?

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And have a great local brewery to hang out in with seven beers on tap?

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Bisbee once thrived as a mining town.  There were underground mines and an open pit mine and plenty of bars to support the local workforce.  At the turn of the last century, Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco.Sharon and Jay at copper queen mine

After the mines shut down in the 1970′s, Bisbee became a haven for a thriving artist community.  It became one of those towns where artists outnumber all other professions and so there are art showings in every building and public art throughout the town.

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We happened to be there on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, so they were having a photography exhibit with photos from the march on Selma which one of the local artists had been present at.

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Occupy Bisbee

Bisbee has a delightful mix of residents.  As the owner of the Bicycle Brothel told us, Bisbee retains that small town community feel even with a lot of recent residents.  They do not have mail delivery so everyone meets at the Post Office where they go regularly to get their mail.

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If you go to Bisbee, you have to be prepared for the hills.  We stayed close enough to walk to downtown.  It wasn’t a long walk, but it was all up or all down and some incredibly steep sections.

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There’s the house as seen from the stairs we take at the very end of the walk to get home.

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In a town full of artists it was fitting that this house was filled inside and out with art.  I particularly liked this depiction of a sandhill crane on the front door, since we had the chance to see the colony of sandhill cranes that winters near Bisbee.

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The colorful and welcoming kitchen.

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The colorful and imaginative bathroom.

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And of course, our new BFF, Rochester.

Thanks again to Melanie for allowing us to stay comfortably in Bisbee and experience all of its charms.  We can’t wait to go back.