Old City Park is a sprawling 9,000 square-foot park located at 62 Brewery Ave in the mountainous City of Bisbee, Arizona. The park boasts an amphitheater, bleachers, a Ramada, slides, a basketball hoop, concrete court, and activity center. In the daylight, the park looks colorful and inviting, and there are often music or theatrical events hosted here. In the evening, City Park is fairly well lit and, being close to Old Bisbee, it’s not a bad location to spend some time hanging out… unless one is familiar with the history of City Park and knows that City Park used to be the Bisbee Cemetery.
I had the fortune of staying with my husband in the very grand Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, Arizona. Long-time readers of this blog may be familiar with the article I wrote about the place and some of the ghostly happenings in the hotel. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), it was a holiday weekend and the hotel was fairly full of guests. My husband and I were given a room on the least haunted of the floors– the second floor– in a room on the opposite side of where most of the hauntings occur. The ghosts left us alone. Sad as that news is, I was fortunate enough to get some photos of the inside of the hotel and have updated the Copper Queen Hotel article I wrote to include these photos. We waited ’till morning to go ’round the building and were, therefore, able to get photographs inside several of the rooms– one of them, the infamously haunted Julia Lowe Room!
Also, while we were in Bisbee, I took some time to visit the Oliver House. I had also written an article about this fine hotel– which also has new photographs as well. Since I first wrote the article, I have also updated it to reflect information I obtained from an old newspaper accounting of the Nat Anderson murder. (This update was made a while ago.) Bisbee tour guides like to soup the story up and say “thirty-three people died”… but the newspaper article makes it sound like it was only one man who met death that day. I asked the hotel manager/owner for the date of the thirty-three murders while I was there. He didn’t deny the story or substantiate the large body count. He simply stated that was the story so far as the local tours tell it and gave me a 1920’s date matching the Nat Anderson murder, which remains unsolved to this day. Anyway, if you missed the story the first time it was posted or you just want to see what has changed, check it out– Bisbee’s Oliver House.
Contrary to the popular movie remake of 3:10 to Yuma, the City of Bisbee is not flat at all. Rather, it’s a mining city built on the side of a mountain chain. The city itself is overrun with stairs, tiers of buildings built at the base of hilltops or on the tops of hills and narrow, winding streets, some of which are not even wide enough for cars to traverse. The Bisbee Inn, also called the Hotel LaMore, is perched atop Chihuahua Hill (also called “B” Hill) at 45 OK Street where it overlooks the Copper Queen Hotel in the district of Old Bisbee. The hotel boasts a lengthy past as a lodging for miners and that past has given the place enough time to build a reputation of hauntings.
Located at 126 All Souls Avenue, perched atop a concrete hill in Old Bisbee is where you’ll find the Oliver House. This red brick structure currently functions as a bed and breakfast to guests of all kinds– including some who are no longer among the living. In fact, despite the cheerful appearance of the building and its premiere location for bird watching, the building has an ominous feeling and a violent past.