My apologies to everyone for dropping out for so long. I hope to get this series back in gear as well as bring new images from the summer in the next few months.
The sub-title for this article is; “A Day of Tourism!”
Because, aside from the natural wonders of Southern Arizona, there are some tourist destinations that one simply includes, even if it is for keeping the peace in the family.
Our first stop is a place that needs an introduction, because it does not stand out in the tourist imagination, even if it has historical importance. This place is Bisbee, Arizona. Bisbee started as a town supporting the local copper mine and historically it is important because this is where open pit mining was first developed and it was an important location in the effort for Voting Rights for Women in Arizona. Today the city is trying to survive on tourism based on mining history and being an artist community. Though on the day we visited, it more closely resembled a ghost town, with only a few businesses being open; if it wasn’t for the Bisbee Brewery we might have cut the day short.
Even though the town was empty, it does have one interesting feature for photographers, and that is the “Art Alley”.
For three or four blocks between two parts of town there is an alley that is filled with art, and it would be easy to spend a couple of hours studying the works on display.
Not far from Bisbee, is Lowell, Arizona. Lowell, is an historic district that is like walking back in time to the 1950’s. Unfortunately, none of the businesses were open during our visit. So I can’t say if my experience is unusual or normal.
Our last stop on our day of tourism was Tombstone, and it lived up to my expectations of a tourist destination. We arrived too late to get tickets to the last reenactment of the Shoot Out at the OK Corral. Though, it was a worthy place to visit, and go back to (someday). My favorite locations were the Bird Cage Theater, which is the only building in town to have survived both fires in town, and the Historic Court House with its gallows in the side yard of the building.
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