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Welcome to Globe-Miami in the heart of Arizona. Whether you’re looking for the romance of Territorial history, Native American culture, small town friendly folks or limitless outdoor recreation, it all comes together in Globe-Miami. Whatever it is that calls to you, it can be found in Globe-Miami.

With wonderful downtown buildings still intact, and historic cottages and homes perched on the hillsides, visitors can truly feel what life was like 100 years ago while still enjoying modern day amenities. The Globe-Miami community is located just a short drive east of Phoenix and north of Tucson.

Mining began here in the late 1860s when silver was first discovered. A large nugget of silver, vaguely round and suggesting a globe, was found in the foothills of the present day city, and that’s how Globe got its name. That large silver nugget is now on display in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Globe was founded in 1876 and incorporated in 1907, and Miami was incorporated in 1918 after huge deposits of low-grade porphyry copper were discovered. Globe is the county seat of Gila County.

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Located in the foothills of the Pinal Mountains at an elevation of 3,500 feet, Globe-Miami enjoys cooler summers than our metropolitan neighbors while still having sunny, pleasant winters. There is much to see and experience, as our mining history, Old West traditions and Native American culture offer a wide-ranging Southwestern experience. The historic downtowns, copper mining, our neighbors on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, and abundant outdoor recreation throughout the Tonto National Forest combine to make Globe-Miami much more than the sleepy community many expect to find.

Visit Globe-Miami and the San Carlos Apache Reservation and enjoy the wonderful scenery and the many points of interest. Along Highway 60, next to the Globe-Miami Chamber, the Gila County Historical Museum features collections and Indian artifacts dating back to 1125 AD, several displays of period furniture, an exhibit dedicated to ranching and the early-day cowboy, and superb photographic exhibits. Occupying what was once the Globe-Miami Mine Rescue Station, the museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. It is operated by the Gila County Historical Society.

A walking tour brochure of historic downtown Globe, available at the Chamber, lists many of the old buildings and their histories. The most spectacular edifice is the old Gila County Court House that now houses the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. The Cobre Valley Fine Arts Guild was able to resurrect it from disrepair, and it has been restored to much of its former glory, allowing community plays and monthly art shows to ensure its place as a viable contributor to our downtown. Just recently the newly renovated upper rooms of the third floor, one of the final pieces of this restoration puzzle, were opened to the public.

The historic Gila County Jail is located behind the old courthouse. The jail, which features cell blocks from the infamous Yuma Territorial Prison, has, shall we say, “interesting” graffiti from prisoners throughout the years. It is open to the public on the second Saturdays of the month as well as during downtown events and by appointment.

Other sites of interest in downtown include the beautiful Holy Angels Catholic Church. Lovely stained-glass windows and the high-ceilinged interior will cool you down on even the hottest of days. The equally historic St. John’s Episcopal, St. Paul’s Methodist and First Presbyterian churches are within walking distance of downtown. Their history reminds us that even in the rough and tumble mining towns, citizens strived for civility and stability.

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After exploring historic downtown Globe, continue south on Broad Street. At the stop sign, watch for signs to Besh-ba-Gowah Archeological Park. This ancient ruin is a remarkable restoration of a Salado pueblo inhabited in the 12th and 13th centuries. Walk through the rooms of this 700-year-old pueblo, climb ladders into the upper stories, and see the utensils, pottery and furnishings that were part of life in pre-Columbian times. Besh-ba-Gowah is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm, except Christmas Day. Admission is $5 per person.

The town of Miami, six miles west of Globe, is currently the site of three copper mining operations – Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, BHP Billiton and Carlota Copper. They are the latest names in a litany of historic mines and mining companies that have done business here in the Springtime Blossoms last century.

Forgive us while we brag about the number and variety of Miami’s antique shops. From collectibles to furniture to just plain fun, neat stuff that brings to mind “the good old days,” Miami has it all, including a coffee shop. A brochure listing these stores can be found at any of the shops or at the Chamber Visitor Center.

The mission-style Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church is striking in its simplicity and beauty. And, if you’re inclined towards a little exercise, check out the stairs at the end of Keystone Avenue, above town hall. In the early days, this was how miners went to work. These are the Keystone Stairs, but you might think “Breathless” a more appropriate name by the time you reach the top. Talk about a commute!

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The Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum is located at the west end of town. Bullion Plaza School opened in 1923 as a grammar school for Mexican-American and Apache Indian children. The school was desegregated in the early 1950s and served as a public school until 1994. The school building was accepted for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, and the museum opened its first exhibit in October of the same year. A 240-ton haul truck bed holding a 35-ton haul truck has been put on the site and is a constant draw for visitors curious to experience the actual size of what is now a small truck in the mining business. The museum is being restored and the large classrooms common at the time it was built lend themselves nicely to spectacular exhibits of minerals, Slavic history and military veterans. Of special interest is the collection of Arizona memorabilia donated to the museum by Rose Perica Mofford, a Globe native and Arizona’s first woman governor.

The Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the culturally diverse history and human experience of Miami, as well as featuring the natural environment unique to Gila County. Exhibits include memorabilia from the mining, ranching and Native American communities, with tributes to area residents for service in the armed forces and for outstanding participation in both the public and private sectors. Staffed by volunteers, the museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm; Sunday from noon to 3 pm; and by request for special events. Memberships at various levels are welcome. For information, email az.terr1912@yahoo.com.

The San Carlos Apache Reservation, east of Globe on Highway 70, is known for great hunting and fishing. Just outside town, the Apache Gold Casino and Resort and the Apache Gold Stronghold Golf Course provide big-city amenities in a friendly small-town atmosphere. Continuing east, visit the San Carlos Cultural Center for opportunities to see history from the Apache perspective. The center, complete with gift shop featuring handmade items by San Carlos Apaches, is staffed by tribal members who are pleased to chat with visitors and explain the history and culture of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

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The Pinal Mountains south of Globe offer some of the best birding and hiking found anywhere. Pick up a birding checklist at the chamber and head to the easily accessible mountains. Visitors can drive to the top or there are trails for mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts. For fishing and outdoor activities, there is no better place to start than Roosevelt Lake, a 30-minute drive from Globe.

There are plenty of hiking and picnicking opportunities in town as well. In addition to many in-town paths, Round Mountain Park, just minutes from downtown Globe, is the perfect place to walk off your lunch or take in splendid views of the surrounding countryside. Several trails offer a variety of hiking experiences for visitors. At the top of Round Mountain, visitors find sweeping views of the town below and gorgeous desert vistas. Picnic ramadas make this a family-friendly place.

The Old Dominion Historic Mine Park is now open with some three miles of walking trails. The park is located off of Murphy Street in Globe and features wide graded trails that have plenty of interpretive signs that explore the history of this former copper mine. The head frame is still standing and is a wonderful photo opportunity. Again, picnic ramadas for large groups, single-table ramadas, and shaded benches invite visitors to savor this visit to a piece of Arizona history.

Globe-Miami is not just mining, museums and antique shops. It is also known for its many events, recreation, climate, breathtaking scenery and fabulous Mexican food! You won’t find a friendlier, more interesting place to visit. Stop in at the Globe-Miami Chamber, 1360 N. Broad St., to learn more about this fascinating area.

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