One Day Visit to Bisbee
May 15 @ 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
We are planning a one-day visit to Bisbee on Friday, May 15. We will meet at Beyond Bread, Ina/Oracle, and depart there at 8:30 am. They do serve a good breakfast, and we could meet there between 7;00 and 7:30 to leave by 8:30. The drive to Bisbee will be just over 2 hours with a rest-room stop on the way.
We will park our Miatas on arrival and walk up the hill to the Copper Queen Hotel, Bisbee, which was built in the late 1800’s. Our lunch will be in the old dining room, with lunch running from $8:00 to $15.00, and we should be seated by 11:30 am. The original Bar Room still exists with wall paintings.
After lunch we will then cross the road to the Queen Mine Tour to check in by 1:30 pm for a 2:00 pm “train” ride into the mines. Adult cost is $13.00 per person, which is reduced to $11.00 if one person pays by cash. NOTE: No open toed shoes or high heels allowed on the tour.
We will try and eliminate driving on the Freeways when possible, and when we leave Beyond Bread we’ll head east on Ina which has a couple of name changes until we get to Craycroft and take it south to Grant Rd. We will turn left on Grant and head down to I-10 with the road changing names to Kolb. This takes us past the huge aircraft storage area on the right hand side. We then continue east on I-10 to AZ Rte 90, which takes us down through Sierra Vista (making a left turn to stay on Rte 90) and then we take Rte 80 into Bisbee.
Our return home will either be Rte 80 to Rte 90 up to I-10, or if you wish to stop in Tombstone, you just continue on Rte 80 into Tombstone. We should all be home in Tucson by about 6:00 pm.
For those wishing to see more of Bisbee, there are many antique stores going up the hill and good restaurants if you wish to have dinner. A Mine Museum is just down below the Copper Queen Hotel, which is very interesting. If we have time some of you may wish to see a couple of the guest rooms in the hotel, which are old fashioned, but do have a TV ! Check with Andy or Joe at the front desk first. There is also a very large open-faced mine about a half mile down Rte 80 from the Queen Mine, with good parking.
Note: We need to give the Queen Mine Tour the number taking the train ride about one to two weeks in advance. (the train holds about 40).
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