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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Copper Queen Hotel - Copper Queen Mine - Fort Huachuca - Buffalo Soldiers


Our room - reminds you of a brothel.
It was clean and right in the center of action.
Copper Queen Hotel
Monday night was spent in the Copper Queen Hotel. In 1902 - it was the pride of the 20,000 people of Bisbee AZ. It was a busy boom town - along the Railway from St Louis to San Francisco.

There are many things similar between Tamaqua and Bisbee. Coal mining and copper mining have many similarities. Minerals were extracted first by deep mining with picks and shovels - they later moved to modern equipment - and finally decided just to rip off the top of the mountain and strip the product out. In Bisbee it left a giant pit - and pilings of waste all over. Many men in both copper mines and coal mines died from miner's asthma

Bisbee does have an excellent climate around which to build a tourist industry. In the winter it is warm - in the summer it is cooler than the deserts around it. 

Lots of steps all around Bisbee


We went 1500 feet into the mine
This was the main entrance
The mine tour was $13 and one hour 
8 billion pounds of copper came out of here
The timekeeper kept mining records
The Board Room in the Big House
They used lots of Atlas Dynamite
Narrow gauge railroad
Sonny - our guide worked here 40 years.
He is 82.
Dynamiting the face - dynamite - fuses -
blasting caps - sparklers
A mine toilet car
I gave it a try
The mine library
The clocks like at PVMS


There are 3 museums on base.
We were delayed 20 minutes. They did a criminal check on us and also made picture IDs for us. The campus had about 18,000 residents during the day - both civilian and military. It used to protect the Mexican border - now it is for intelligence training. You really are isolated in this corner of the USA and Arizona.

Buffalo soldiers trained here

Today - they test drones and military secret sending
Drones fly by remote control through satellites

The old mule soldier barracks are still used
They look like model planes we
flew in the 1950s
This one flew 50 successful missions

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