One way Bisbee, Arizona attracts tourists is through copper-mine tours. The tours started in 1977 shortly after the Queen Mines closed in 1975. Mel Ray, a tour guide at the attraction, has been living in Bisbee for 49 years. He operated the hoist at the mine for nearly 20 years and has been serving as a tour guide for the last three years. The day that we visited the mine, there were tourists from all over the country and world. However, just last year, the mine was in danger of closing. Learn more about the tours here and check out photos below for a look inside.
This post is part of a series focusing on Bisbee, Arizona. The HOLLOW team traveled to Bisbee to meet with filmmaker, Allison Otto, and see how an old copper-mining community has used art and history to revive the town and create a new economy. PHOTOS by ELAINE MCMILLION SHELDON.
Queen Mine Tour
One way Bisbee, Arizona attracts tourists is through copper-mine tours. The tours started in 1977 shortly after the Queen Mines closed in 1975.