Bisbee, AZ 11/16
A day trip while staying in Benson was to the town of Bisbee, a mining town founded in the late 1900's. Copper, gold and silver were mined in this area. After mining operations ceased in 1975 Bisbee became a popular place for artists and tourists.
We were told the streets were narrow but we didn't expect this narrow,
this is a 2-way street.
Having little flat land to work with, the town grew up on a mountainside, stairs were often built on the hillsides instead of building streets. Most of the staircases found in Bisbee today started as dirt paths uses by residents and mules to carry supplies to the houses perched on steep hillsides. The stairs go from one street level to the next. There are still many houses in Bisbee that are only accessible by stairs. (Interesting side note…moving companies delivering to Bisbee check the house location before agreeing to deliver.)
Each year Bisbee has a running race/stair climb called the Bisbee 1000. The race includes a total of 1,034 stairs spread over 9 different stair cases. We got a workout just sight seeing in this town.
|Stair rails between the green house and corner of white deck lead upward to the level above where you can see the deck of another house.|
Loved walking around town with the old buildings, eclectic eateries and shops. Many of the houses have unique art incorporated into their yards, some creative upscaling here, note the car door used for a gate
The town is a maze of stairs. There are houses on both sides of this staircase, also a house on top which is the next street level up.
The old town of Lowell...