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ISBN13: 9780738528946
ISBN10: 0738528943
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In the early 1900s, it was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco, bustling with the raw material of Wild West legends. Bisbee's infamous Brewery Gulch once supported 47 saloons and was considered the "liveliest spot between El Paso and San Francisco." By the 1970s, opportunists had relieved Bisbee's Mule Mountains of billions of pounds of copper, 102 million ounces of silver, 2.8 million ounces of gold, and millions of pounds of zinc, lead, and manganese. The ore reserves were depleted, and when the last pickaxe struck plain old dirt, a mass exodus of miners collapsed the real estate market. But the lure of cheap land was a magnet for retirees, hippies, and artists. Boarding houses were converted into charming bed and breakfasts. Antique stores, galleries, cafes, and restaurants replaced the saloons. These days, a vibrant and eclectic community of ranchers, politicians, and free spirits; a well-preserved architectural and historic heritage; and "the most perfect year-round climate" make Bisbee, the county seat, a one-of-a-kind gem.

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In this engaging retrospective, showcasing more than 200 archival photographs from private collections and the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum Society, author Ethel Jackson Price sifts through the rich history of the boomtown that simply refused to go bust.

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Daniel L Thomas, September 22, 2006 (view all comments by Daniel L Thomas)
I am not sure most of us "Bisbeeites" would agree we are "a vibrant and eclectic community of ranchers, politicians, and free spirits," but I think we would agree that Ethel Jackson Price has done us a service for gathering and organizing the many photographs in her book, Bisbee. As a person interested in the documentation of history, I would have liked more written details although the usually brief paragraphs attached to each picture are interesting and informative. But, the result is less of a feel for the flow of life in Bisbee through its 130 plus years. Of course, this criticism it true of any "picture book." I thank her for including pictures of Bisbee which I have not seen before but some pictures are not directly of Bisbee (of Apaches and of participants in the Mexican Revolution, for example -- a full page picture of Ciya Nino Cochise seems especially inappropriate given the limited number of pages in the book) although those events cirtainly did impact people's lives in Bisbee. Finallly, there are only two pictures illustraing the importance of the railroad reaching Bisbee -- I know others exist.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780738528946
Author:
Price, Ethel Jackson
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Author:
null, Ethel Jackson
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Arizona
Subject:
Bisbee (Ariz.)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Southwest
Subject:
Bisbee (Ariz.) History.
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
AZ
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Images of America
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200, Black and White
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.16x6.48x.34 in. .66 lbs.

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