• Lavender Pit - Bisbee, Arizona

      lavender pit
      Photo by Peter Thody
      The town of Bisbee owes its existence to copper and the evidence doesn't come much bigger than this huge hole in the ground. The Lavender Pit, Arizona's first large open-pit copper mine, was opened by Phelps Dodge Corporation in 1950 and closed in 1974, as well as offering up its copper, it also proved a source of fine turquoise. A great way of finding out more about Bisbee.s mining history is to join the Copper Queen Mine Tour.

      If you go:
      The viewing area is also the site of a memorial to local hero T/SGT Arthur J. 'Art' Benko, one of WWII's leading gunner aces, having shot down 16 enemy fighters from the top turret of his B-24D bomber.


      Lavender Open Pit Mine
      Arizona SR 80
      Bisbee, Arizona 85603 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Queen Mine Tours
      +1 (520) 432-2071

      +1 (866) 432-2071