Bisbee, Arizona
QUEEN MINE
TOUR
QUEEN MINE UNDERGROUND TOURS
Outfitted in hard hat, miner's headlamp and a yellow slicker, thousands of Bisbee visitors
descend into the Queen Mine Tour each year - heading underground and back in time. Tour
guides, retired Phelps Dodge employees, lead the group 1,500 feet into the mine and recount
m
ining days, techniques, dangers and drama. Adding a personal touch, the miner-turned-tour
guides help visitors experience what it was like to work underground.
Bisbee's Queen Mine was one of the richest copper mines in history. The mine opened in 1877
and eventually closed when Phelps Dodge discontinued mining operations in Bisbee in the mid-1970's.
The Queen Mine opened once again as a tour for visitors in 1976, nearly 100 years after the mine
originally opened.  Today approximately 50,000 people a year visit the Queen Mine Tour to
commemorate Bisbee's prosperous mining heritage and experience what it was like working
underground where temperatures are 47 degrees year-round.
Miners
69ers
ALL ABOARD!
Be Sure to Wear Proper Footwear!
Silver Vein
It's Dark in Here!
"This Was Used When There Was No Child Labor Laws..."
Port-a-Torture
Weird Scenes Inside the Copper Mine