Sailor Babo goes to Bisbee

It was super hot in Phoenix this weekend, but Babo, AmyH and BSG went nearly to Mexico to get out of the heat. Bisbee is at 5,300 feet elevation so it’s about 20 degrees or so cooler. Most people head north and since there were no festivals this weekend, they had the place almost to themselves.

Babo noticed there were a lot of stairs all over town.

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AmyH explained that this old mining town, “Queen of the Copper Camps,” has a network of stairs connecting the houses all over the hills. Every year in October, Bisbee hosts the Bisbee 1000, a stair-climb race that raises money for historic preservation.

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He thought that might be a lot of work. Some of those stairs go up and up.

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The race also feature the Iceman contest. It pays homage to the ice delivery guys of old. AmyH’s friend who made Babo’s passport won the women’s division a few years ago.

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All that stair climbing wore him out. He decided to take in some other sights which will be in another post.

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10 Responses to Sailor Babo goes to Bisbee

  1. amyhftw says:

    My apologies for the typos. Darn iPhone typing.

  2. phantomxii says:

    Looks like a really neat place to explore!

    • amyhftw says:

      It really is. You spend at least a day just playing the “where do these stairs go?” game. Then you get tired, there are great old-timey bars, restaurants, art galleries, antique shops and funky stores to enjoy. The mining museum is a Smithsonian affiliate. You can also go on the Queen Mine tour for an underground experience.

      A bumper sticker we saw: “Bisbee, AZ – It’s Mayberry on Acid.”

      Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

  3. Lauri says:

    I definitely want to go to Mayberry on Acid sometime. It does look great!

  4. Any t-shirts along the line of climbing all those stairs and getting a lousy t-shirt?

  5. homebody says:

    I love the look of all those stairs!

    • amyhftw says:

      There are stairs, stairs, everywhere! The ones on the race course are painted from last year’s Arizona Centennial race. The Bisbee 1000 is a huge event – doubles the town’s population for the weekend.

      There are even more stairs that aren’t on the course. It’s such a fun place to just wander around and explore.

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