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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Bisbee Arizona by tucsonmike on 30 August 2009 3:31am
My writers chapter had a weekend retreat to brainstorm.
Here is the main website for Bisbee to give you an idea.

Re: Bisbee Arizona by mrsteabag on 1 September 2009 5:40pm
What an intriguing town...read about it in Sunset some years ago.
Re: Bisbee Arizona by tucsonmike on 1 September 2009 6:36pm
It is a very interesting quirky place, Fran. Thirty different ethnic groups lived there (blacks and Chinese were not welcome, though).
At its peak, there were 24,000 people, now there are 6000. It is 5300 ft. above sea level, surrounded by higher mountains. The shops are quirky (favorite shop the honey shop). Bisbee is a half hour South of Tombstone on AZ80, the place we stayed in, The Gym Club and Suites has huge rooms.

I would not want to live there, would feel too isolated from what I do in Tucson, plus it gets snow.
Re: Bisbee Arizona by peripatetically on 1 September 2009 11:06pm
Bisbee sounds like fun. I love to shop and I've never been to the Southwest. MIke, do you know which airports feed into he Bisbee Municipal Airport? Or, better yet, where is there a bigger airport where we could rent a car and drive there and see other places too?
Re: Bisbee Arizona by kazzzz on 1 September 2009 11:10pm
Mike what do you mean blacks and Chinese weren't welcome there? Why not? Is that true?
Re: Bisbee Arizona by peripatetically on 1 September 2009 11:22pm
Kaz, the world is much more tolerant these days. Many of the people on this site are too young to remember widespread prejudice. Years ago , communities were like that. I was brought up in a time when there was a lot of prejudice., but was taught to accept each for their own merits, not by their appearance or beliefs. Although prejudice still exists, it isn't as bad as before. Plus, laws prevent exclusions. Some still might not be welcome, but they can't be prohibited from going there.
Re: Bisbee Arizona by tucsonmike on 2 September 2009 7:12pm
Kaz, when the mines were going, Bisbee actually had covenants to say this. Blacks could not live there at all, Chinese could go during the day to sell products, but had to be out of town limits by sundown. The mines would not even consider hiring them.

There was also a strict ethnic protocol in Bisbee. Cornish and Welsh opened the mines and they were the town's "aristocracy." I find some sources for you. Of course the years I am telling you about are from 1880-1960's.

Tombstone was somewhat more tolerant. It varied from town to town in Southern Arizona.

Patty, you would fly in Tucson. I know there is an airport in Sierra Vista, twenty minutes West, but I am not sure how many flights really use it. Of course, I can help you with details about Tucson Intl Airport.
Re: Bisbee Arizona by peripatetically on 2 September 2009 11:37pm
Thanks Mike. We have plans for three getaways and I haven't mentioned Bisbee to Larry at all yet. Are there any national parks over that way within a day's drive? We plan on doing that someday too. can't do it all, of course.
Re: Bisbee Arizona by tucsonmike on 3 September 2009 5:06am
Patty, nearby you have Coronado National Forest, here in Tucson is Saguaro National Park and Sabino Canyon, which is National Forest Service. Also all sorts of state parks.
Re: Bisbee Arizona by peripatetically on 3 September 2009 12:47pm
Oh good. I'll check into them. I'm a little familiar with Saguaro but not Sabino and Coronado. Thanks for the tip.

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