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Mon Sep 3, 2012, 05:21 PM

I like southern Arizona.

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Reply I like southern Arizona. (Original post)
Ptah Sep 2012 OP
Still Sensible Sep 2012 #1
ChazInAz Sep 2012 #2
MiddleFingerMom Sep 2012 #3
marybourg Sep 2012 #4
MiddleFingerMom Sep 2012 #5

Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 05:28 PM

1. That's home to me....

Grew up in Sierra Vista.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 08:42 PM

2. I considered driving there today.

Things happened, so I didn't get to go to Bisbee. Thanks for posting my favorite part of the drive...the tunnel just before you roll into my favorite town.
Great song.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 10:44 PM

3. Bisbee. One of the COOLEST places in AZ by far. At least stop by and SEE The Shady Dell...

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... a campground with 10 vintage (stationary) travel trailers (one's a bus and one's a small
drydocked yacht) for nightly rentals. i'm confident in saying that you won't be disappointed
if you book ahead (recommended) and stay a night or so ($90-120/night max occup 2 no
kids/pets). It's about 5-10 mins this side of Bisbee -- right along the way.
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Ask them if Dot's Diner is still there -- dynamite food onsite, but I don't see mention of it anymore.
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http://www.theshadydell.com/
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http://www.google.com/maps?q=The+Shady+Dell+1+Douglas+Road+Bisbee,+AZ+85603&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=62.61328,99.667969&hq=The+Shady+Dell+1+Douglas+Road+Bisbee,+AZ+85603&t=m&z=15&iwloc=A
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 12:38 AM

4. It may be "cool" now, but it's got an ugly labor history,

(see Wickipedia for "deportations") and frankly, when I was there 20 years ago, before I knew about its history and definitely before it became "cool", I found the people running the mine tours behaving like a bunch of fascists.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 02:31 AM

5. C'mon now!!! A mining company behaving in a fascist manner? That's a first for Arizona...

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... perhaps for the country.
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And that ugly illegal deportation history was, c'MON -- 95 years ago.
Certainly the current residents may have some second thoughts about that
behavior now.
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The town itself is a laidback, friendly, fun, extremely arts- and GLBT-friendly
community full of funky shops, bistros, galleries and cool people. I believe the
town was an artist/hippie magnet/Mecca during the 60's and 70's.
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I'm not convinced that you were presenting the present-day town in a
broadbrushed manner due to the behavior of a major local industry, but it
kinda feels that way.
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To illustrate that company towns don't necessarily reflect company ideologies,
Jefferson County, CO contains the headquarters of one of the most infamous
union-busting companies in modern times, Coors. Yet, in 2008, the county voted
55% for Barack Obama.
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I have never been to San Francisco, but I think of Bisbee as a tiny little San
Francisco in Southern Arizona. And we can use all the San Francisco that we
can get in a state so devastatingly tarnished and tainted by the likes of Brewer
and Arpaio.
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And it's OK to refer to it as cool without the quotation marks. Cool is a pretty
"cool" word.
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