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Strike up the band

Strike up the band

When the Bisbee Boys Band was organized at the YMCA in 1914, the members had few instruments, no sheet music and little musical training. Their first task was to raise money to buy themselves instruments and music books. The band members all were older than 12 (and many closer in age to 18).

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Bisbee Pioneers at the Norton House

Bisbee Pioneers at the Norton House

On May 21, 1906, this group of Bisbee residents gathered in front of the Norton House hotel on Main Street for a commemorative photograph. With the exception of the children, all the residents had arrived in Bisbee in the 1800s, and were friends and acquaintances of E.G. Norton, who owned the Norton House and was leaving Bisbee to retire in Maine.

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Traveling Photographers

Traveling Photographers

This photograph of Bisbee was taken by George Rothrock, one of many itinerant photographers who traveled the countryside in the 19th and early 20th century to record the lives of farmers, ranchers and settlers on the frontier. The photographers gave people the only chance they would have to secure a “likeness” and left a revealing record of life on the frontier.

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Bisbee’s Swimming Pools

Bisbee’s Swimming Pools

These happy swimmers in Bisbee’s Warren suburb are enjoying themselves courtesy of the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company, which built this pool in 1922 and supplied the water for it.

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A Bisbee Banquet

A Bisbee Banquet

On Oct. 15, 1899, a special train pulled into the depot at Bisbee. It was carrying members of the American Institute of Mining engineers and their wives on a month-long tour of Western states.

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Brawling Badgers of Bisbee

Brawling Badgers of Bisbee

Growls, screams, yelling and cursing erupted from the alleyway behind the Copper Queen Hotel in December of 1905. The Bisbee Review reported it to be a “splendid exhibition of badger fighting, the first event of its kind in the Copper Camp.”

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A Bisbee First: Birdman Fowler (access required)

A Bisbee First: Birdman Fowler <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

In November 1911, R.L. “Birdman” Fowler made a stop at the Bisbee Country Club on a cross-country air trip and became the first man to fly into the copper mining camp (Didier Masson, whose plane appears in this photo, was the first to fly out of Bisbee in February 1911, but his biplane was shipped into Bisbee by railroad.) Fowler had only been flying for three months, but already had broken records. On the Yuma to Maricopa leg of his trip, he flew continuously for four hours and 26 minutes, longer than any other aviator to that date.

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Bisbee Pioneers at the Norton House (access required)

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On May 21, 1906, this group of Bisbee residents gathered in front of the Norton House hotel on Main Street for a commemorative photograph. With the exception of the children, all the residents had arrived in Bisbee in the 1800s, and were friends and acquaintances of E.G. Norton, who owned the Norton House and was leaving Bisbee to retire in Maine.

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