Hubby and I decided to take a small vacation so we loaded up our car and hit the road. We thought it would be fun to explore the old mining town of Bisbee Arizona.
The town was built in the twisting turning valley’s of the Mule mountains around 1877 and soon became known as the “Queen of the Copper Camps.”
(The lobby of the Copper Queen Hotel)
I often ask myself, “what is it about these old mining towns that I love so much”? Is it just the architecture or is there more to my curiosity? I wonder about the people who lived there and what their lives must have been like? Did they dream of a better life and did they find it when they reached their destination or were they met with heartache? Where did they come from and what brought them here to the first place?
I always imagine the Victorian era as being an exciting time to live. It was a time when the common woman could be seen strolling down the street hand in arm with her beau while wearing the latest Parisian fashions or the cozy rooms of the humblest homes could be adorned with intricate wallpapers. It was the industrial age where the impossible became possible.
The little town is filled with old hotels in various stages of restoration. This one appeared to be trapped in a time warp.
We stayed in a quaint little Motor Hotel built in the 30’s called the Jonquil. The room was small, but comfortable with cottage furnishings and down coverlets.
On the side of the motel was this huge wall mural, but I don’t remember the tale behind it so I’ll give you the Link. Click on the image above.
Some of the little homes were perched on top of giant cross beams that spanned the gulch running along side the road. It was a quirky little town with plenty to do and see.