“One of the world's best copper camps!”
BISBEE - a name to stir the interest of mining men everywhere - has been one of the greatest copper camps the world has ever known. In almost 100 years of continuous production before the Bisbee mines closed in 1975, the local mines produced metals valued at $6.1 billion (at 1975 price) one of the largest production valuations of all the mining districts in the world. This staggering amount of wealth came from the estimated production of 8,032,352,000 lbs of copper, 2,871,786 ounces of gold, 77,162,986 ounces of silver, 304,627,600 lbs of lead and 371,945,900 lbs of zinc! Today’s Queen Mine Tour takes visitors deep into the old workings of the famous Queen Mine where great tonnages of extremely rich copper ore was mined in the early days, catching the attention of the mining industry around the world as one of the greatest treasure troves of copper ever discovered. Taking the Queen Mine Tour is to step back through the pages of history. A melting pot of immigrant miners from the mining districts of Europe labored beneath the Mule Mountains to feed the insatiable demand for copper and electricity. The electrical age changed the World from a predominantly rural society to the industrial age, bringing with it the highest standard of living the world has ever known.
Unexpected stop here at the mine. Went on the tour and was pleased. Very different experience to ride the mine “cars” into an old silver mine and learn about life as a miner. Nice variation from the norm!
Great guide, Don, who uses to work in the mines. Beware the first leg of the journey the cart you are riding on needs greased. The screech is pretty loud. Very interesting to see how the miners worked. Hard to imagine the physical working conditions and it was operational until 1975. Just a few short years ago.
If you are in the area and kind find the time for Bisbee, it is absolutely worth it. I did not read anywhere that this is the one adorable town and that should be known! The mine tour was fantastic with an amazing tour guide. Very informative and unique experience. From the train to physically walking around and exploring, I am so glad this was in my trip.
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Queen Mine Tours
- Tue, Thu - Sat: 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sun: 8:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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