Parque Natural Mexiquillo


Bisbee, AZ

I am residing at the Queen Mine RV Park for a couple of nights.  Serenity is perched on the edge of the humongous Lavender Pit Mine.(31.43957, -109.91175)  From here it is a nice walk into old Bisbee.

Great view out the front window.

I had heard that the Bisbee Breakfast Club in Lowell is the bomb. I hopped on the Honda and rode around the mine pit to Lowell.

I like corn beef and decided to try corn beef hash for the first time. The breakfast was good, but I still prefer sausage with my eggs. The excellent biscuit was the size of my fist.

After breakfast I took a stroll down Lowell's short main street that is frozen in time. Many of the building are vacant, but the architecture is great.

This is the Sacramento Pit that was mined for copper from 1917 to 1929. New recovery techniques allowed profitiable mining of the this low grade copper ore, 2.02% or 40 lb. of copper per ton of ore. Not shown, the Lavender Pit mined from 1950s to 1970s is to the right. Even better techniques allowed the mining of this 0.6% ore, 12 lb. per ton.  The colors:  Red - Sulfide minerals that have been oxidized. This rusty red surface material is found throughout the area. Gray - Granite porphyry, which contains small amounts of copper. The gray color comes from pyrite into porphyry. Yellow - A thin layer of breccia that surrounds granite rock.

Historic Old Bisbee

Bisbee's business district was ravaged by fire in 1908. It was rebuilt and remains completely intact today. In the early 1900's, Bisbee was the most cultured city between St. Louis and San Francisco. It is a real joy to wander its streets.

The work of the many artists and hippies moved here. 

Water must be an issue here, as it is in many southwest towns. "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over" is not a Mark Twain quote.

There are many wonderful art stores in town.

I think this must be the new kid on the block. It looks like an out of place 1950's building.

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