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 mining 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