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24 March 2003 @ 12:57 pm
Bisbee, Arizona  
Susan and I drove down to Bisbee to visit Will&Emma Saturday. Before I get any further, I'll mention that they're looking healthy and wonderful, and they say "hi!" to all ... and Emma says to tell Patrick that she really, really is hard at work on her book....

For those of you who haven't heard of Bisbee (G-d knows I hadn't!), it says here:

Bisbee, once "Queen of the Copper Camps", is now a thriving community that draws tourists from around the world to experience turn-of-the-century, European charm. Our mile high elevation leads many to boast of the best climate in the world.

Yeah. Well. That's what it says on the BISBEE VISITOR GUIDE MAP that I picked up at the place we had lunch. As I took it, the woman who'd served us said, "I don't know how current that is. There was a stack of those things here when we bought the place." Will&Emma confirmed that there have been some changes, but I allowed as how it will be a nice companion piece to my COLORFUL CRIPPLE CREEK map & pa mphlet.

As we pulled into downtown Bisbee from Highway 80, it certainly did appear to be a Colorful Replica of America's Past. But once we'd parked and called Will&Emma on the cell phone ("You're in front of the Lyric? Okay, we'll walk down. See you in a couple of minutes"), and started looking around a just bit more carefully, we saw that immediately beneath that thin veneer of Tourist Attraction was a hip and thriving community of artists and intellectuals. This latter impression was quickly confirmed once Wi l l&Emma arrived and started showing us around and introducing us to people. There certainly is History to be found in Bisbee, but it turns out to be real, rather than Disney, history....

It's a charming place, with very few flat or level spots. E veryth ing is built up and down and along the mountainsides. The streets were laid out by burros and people on foot, and are about as wide and straight as you'd expect from that.

I took a few photos which I hope to share with y'all before too long, so you may s ee what I mean. I think I'm better with photos than with words.

Hmmmmm. Maybe more later, eh? TTFN!>
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A Wandering Hobbitredbird on March 24th, 2003 12:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it's better than that boast of one-mile elevation made it sound: that would let it compete with Denver and Mexico City for climate.
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on March 25th, 2003 03:22 pm (UTC)
I cannot attest to the general climate, but the weather in Bisbee was certainly pleasant the day we were there. Remember that we're talking about a relatively small town, as contrasted with two large cities -- cities whose natural climate has been substantially altered by humans' massive release of partially-burned hydrocarbons, burned hyrdocarbon by-products, and other noxious gasses and light particulate matter into regions of natural temperature-inversion.

As far as other mile-high effects, well, the car we were driving was perhaps a wee bit breathless, but I felt just fine. (And, of course, one wonders just how close to "a mile high" a town needs to be before its tourist pamphlets will boast of its altitude....)i
Stephen Leighsleigh on March 24th, 2003 03:02 pm (UTC)
"I think I'm better with photos than with words."

In that case, I'll really look forward to those photos, 'cause the words were pretty interesting. :-)
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on March 25th, 2003 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I appreciate that. I'll Let It Be Known in my LiveJournal when the photos are ready and up somewhere._