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Bisbee is an amazing sight when you round the corner in the mountains on Highway 80. Most of the buildings occupy the hillsides, giving the same effect as a Greek Mediteranean village facing the sea. Except, this mountain town is completely landlock, growing up across the hillsides as the mining in the area expanded. In 1877 a reconnaissance group of cavalry scouting Mule Mountains for renegade Apaches stumbled across traces of copper, lead and maybe even silver. Jack Dunn a Civilian Scout recognized the signs and the first mining claim was filed and the beginnings of the town of Bisbee began.

The strike was large and the city boomed, in 1902 the city was incorporated and the city charter approved. By 1910 the population of the town had grown to over 20,000, and the city was the largest in the territory. The Cochise County Seat was moved from Tombstone to Bisbee, as Bisbee was growing while Tombstone’s mining was slowly dying out.

The Copper Queen Hotel was built by the Copper Queen Mining Company, later Phelps Dodge Mining Company. The company had to have some place nice for all of its visiting executives and dignitaries. Being a larger, rough and tumble town in the Old West though this area was filled with numerous bars and places where miners could find womanly company.

This is where we come to the first of the three ghosts in residence at the Copper Queen Hotel. It is the Ghost of Julia Lowell, a prostitute who committed suicide in the hotel after being spurned by a customer who she had fallen madly in love with. There is actually a room named after her in which she is said to appear at the foot of the bed and reveal herself to customers staying in the room. She is also rumored to like to play with the men guest’s feet.

The second ghost is that of a little boy, who, much like the Gadsen Hotel in Douglas, likes playing pranks on the guests. He is said to move jewelry around from where you have left it, and is present when you run a bath, perhaps because he is believed to have drowned in the San Pedro River. He returns to the hotel as a relative is alleged to have worked at the hotel. His disembodied giggle can sometimes be heard in the hallways.

The third ghost is that of a distinguished older gentleman who appears wearing a cape and top hat, and the smell of a good cigar notifies you of his presence. You can find him on the fourth floor in the southeast corner of the building around the Teddy Roosevelt Room.

Copper Queen Hotel Front

The Copper Queen is a beautiful Hotel, an elegant reminder of the height of the mining boom in Bisbee. One doesn’t even need the ghosts to go and enjoy themselves as the artist community that now surrounds it, and that shops are all beautiful reasons to go. The weather is nicer than most of Arizona as the elevation is higher as well, and the ghost hunting is spirited and organized. I would definitely recommend the Copper Queen Hotel.








Updated July 22nd, 2009