Only a few photographs have been found from the MHA’s 1998 conference in Bisbee, Arizona. Special thanks to Susan and Mike Canty for providing these galleries of 2016 photos. They retrace the steps of the MHAers who took part in the 1998 tours and field trips.
Although no mining is currently taking place in Bisbee and the nearby suburbs of Lowell and Warren, a major effort was made during recent years to clean-up some of the old mining and milling sites. This was driven by the 2007 merger of Phelps Dodge, the long time mine operator in the area, with Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold. Much of the effort was focused on old mill sites, tailings disposal areas, and mine dumps. A large undeveloped copper deposit, the Cochise deposit, is located north of the Lavender Pit so it is likely that mining will return to Bisbee some day.Thanks to the efforts of local citizens many of the historic mine headframes have been preserved. Most can be viewed from the highways in the area. A few more are visited on commercial jeep tours Bisbee continues to be a popular tourist destination with the Copper Queen Mine Tour and the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum being star attractions. Bisbee has become a popular retirement Mecca.