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About Queen Mine

Bisbee’s Queen Mine mined copper. It produced about 8 billion pounds of copper, gold, silver, and other minerals. The mine shaped Bisbee and the surrounding region from 1880 to 1975.

The Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company, created in 1880 by rich industrialist William A. Clark, managed the Queen Mine. Clark’s daughter, “The Copper Queen,” was the mine’s namesake.

The Bisbee Mining District in southwestern Arizona was home to the Queen Mine. A significant number of miners, engineers, and support workers worked in the mountainside’s subterranean tunnels and shafts.

Innovation and technology were hallmarks of the Queen Mine. It was one of the first US mines to employ electricity for lighting and ventilation and conveyor belts to transfer ore to the surface.

The Queen Mine helped Bisbee and the surrounding area thrive economically. However, diminishing ore grades and rising production costs shuttered the mine in 1975. The Queen Mine’s subterranean tunnels and museum are major tourist attractions.

Getting There

Address:
478 N Dart Rd
Bisbee, AZ 85603

Official Website

Nearby Attractions

There are many nearby attractions in or near Bisbee that are worth visiting:

  • Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum: This museum is located in the heart of Bisbee and features exhibits on the history of mining in the area, as well as the cultural and social history of Bisbee.
  • Tombstone, Arizona: Tombstone, known as the “town too tough to die,” is located just a short drive from Bisbee. It is famous for its role in the Old West, and visitors can take a tour of the town and learn about its history.
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park: This state park is located just outside of Bisbee and features underground caves and caverns that are home to a variety of unique rock formations.
  • Chiricahua National Monument: This national monument is located about an hour’s drive from Bisbee and features towering rock spires and unique geological formations. It is a popular destination for hiking and rock climbing.
  • Erie Street – Historic Lowell Ghost Town: Located just passed the lavender pit in Bisbee, this street shows what it was like in the 1950’s.

Our Visit to Queen Mine

We had heard about the Queen Mine tour and were excited to check it out.

We arrived at the Queen Mine tour office and were greeted by our friendly tour guide. He was a seasoned pro and knew the ins and outs of the mine like the back of his hand. He used to work as a miner.

We got a safety briefing and were given a hard hat with a light on it along with safety vests.

We boarded a converted mining train and began our journey deep into the mountain. As we traveled further into the mine, we noticed a noticeable difference in temperature. It was much cooler inside the mountain, and we were grateful for the reprieve from the scorching Arizona sun.

Our tour guide led us through the winding tunnels, explaining the history of the mine and the hardworking men who had worked there. We learned about the different tools and techniques they used to extract the valuable minerals from the earth.

As we made our way deeper into the mine, the air grew damper. It was a fascinating experience, and we were grateful to have such a knowledgeable guide leading us through the mine’s history.

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Video From Our Visit

Start of the tour leading into the mine, riding on the converted mine train.

Pictures From Our Visit

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