Old West Touring

Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 27, 2010

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High Desert Inn

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Friday, March 5, 2010

During our last weekend in Tucson, we got out of town and traveled south to Bisbee AZ.  On the way, we stopped at Tombstone - yes, the very same one as the movie of the same name.  Our first stop was at Boot Hill.  The infamous cemetery apparently had become run-down and tombstones were destroyed or missing.  They have reconstructed some of the tombstones from newspaper accounts, but they are on wood signs and not what we had envisioned.  However, we enjoyed using a guide to read some of the history behind the long departed citizens of Tombstone.  Tombstone itself was not our cup of tea - very touristy with shop and bar owners dressed up like Wild West.  They do a reenactment of the famous OK Corral gunfight but the site is enclosed behind walls and you have to pay to see it.  We would rather rent "Tombstone" - which was playing (silently) at the Crystal Palace Saloon where we had lunch.  Good to see Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp again :-) !

In Bisbee, we stayed at a B&B in the historic area.  The High Desert Inn was originally opened in 1919 as a sheriff’s office, court house and jail house.  It's been renovated with modern accommodations with a few vestiges of the old jail remaining.

Back in 1877, silver, copper and gold mines were claimed and Bisbee grew up as a mining town.  It is set in a canyon with houses sitting on the sides of the surrounding mountains.  Mining is still active there and there are mine tours, but our interest lay in Old Bisbee.  Within walking distance of our inn were windy and steep streets with art galleries (lots of local artists), boutique shops, restaurants and other historic inns and B&Bs (no hotels in Old B.).  The citizenry are very laid back - and eclectic and eccentric, just like the town. 

On Saturday, we took a "Lavender Jeep" tour (yes, it was purple, but the lavender comes from the  "Lavender Mines") of Old Bisbee.  Our driver took us up steep, narrow, winding streets that our Tahoe would have had a hard time traversing.  The main advantage was learning about the area from a local.  Unfortunately, the day was windy and the driver wanted the plastic "windows" kept up, so most of the pics are taken through that and are not the best quality - but interesting nonetheless as you will see from the photos.

We enjoyed getting out of our trailer for the weekend, seeing good art, eating great food and just generally relaxing in a charming old west town.
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