Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson and nestled among the Mule Mountains, Bisbee is the picturesque county seat of historic Cochise County.
Bisbee was founded as a copper, gold, and silver mining town in 1880.
Mining in the Mule Mountains proved quite successful: in the early 20th century the population of Bisbee soared to 9,019.
A high quality turquoise promoted as Bisbee Blue was a by-product of the copper mining. Many high-quality mineral specimens have come from Bisbee area mines and are to be found in museum collections worldwide.
One of Bisbee’s most magnificent architectural achievements are the countless concrete stairs that cling to the steep canyonsides. Lack of flat land and the need for miners and bosses to reside near their workings led to the construction of hundreds of hillside homes beginning in the late 1870s.
Many of the major concrete stairways we still see today were constructed during the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, one of the Federal Government’s back-to-work programs.
It is still common for nice houses to be situated on a parcel that is accessible only by climbing 100 or 200 steps to reach the front door! Come explore Bisbee’s stairs…there are thousands of them!