Wednesday, January 16, 2019 / by Stephanie Polston
Once we got to Bisbee our first stop was Jimmy's Hot Dogs. This place had so much character- when you drive up to it- it has a huge hot dog on top of the building, silly hot dog pictures on the bathroom doors and an air stream ( which is where you get your breakfast stuff from). We made our way inside. As we opened the door, we could smell all of the various food, it made our taste buds dance with excitement. Jimmy's is known for their Chicago style hot dogs- but they had so many different things on the menu- that we had to try a few different items. We had the Italian grinder, the chicago dog, and the roast beef sandwich, not to mention the french fries and onion rings! It was hard to choose what to taste first! Everything was delicious and there was so much of it- this is a stop we definitely will be making again. Funny thing is that we posted it on Facebook- and found out that it is one of our good friends favorite spots to stop. However, we are now questioning her friendship because she'd never mentioned it to us before. :) How could she keep this gem to herself????
Our second stop was Erie St. Erie St- is a block long and it has a bunch of old building that seems like they are exactly like they were in the 50's. Lots of fun photo opportunities. My favorite was the old police car at the gas station! But they also have the old police station, a gas station, several old cars on the streets, in the store fronts- the windows are decorated like they might have been in the 50's. The Bisbee Cafe is also here ( we came back to this the next day). After taking several photos and of course posting to face book, we traveled on.
By this time our VRBO was ready and it was located in Historic BISBEE! I was so excited. The house was an old house, that had been update and remodeled. There was no parking nearby so we had to walk the block, and climb the stairs. When I say stairs don't think of a staircase, these stairs are old, rough stairs that weave between buildings to get to the house. Although it wasn't very fun walking all the stairs while carrying my suitcase, seeing all of the architecture that has been preserved was stunning! Every step I took, I was amazed at what I saw next. The houses have been preserved so well and look so cute. The best reward was waiting for us at the house. The porch has the perfect view of Historic Bisbee- breathtaking.
After freshening up in the VRBO- we went to explore. We found the Muheim Hertigage House Museum. It's ran by volunteers. The house is so well preserved, there was time period furniture, clothes, photographs, the old kitchen- but the thing that sticks to my mind was the toilet! I know that sounds funny- how could I remember the TOILET of all the things- it's the toilet. I love looking at old houses and this one is no different- but the toilet I had never seen before. The tank was near the ceiling and separate from the throne by a pipe. Although, I didn't get to use it- the guide told us that it is a working toilet and it's very loud when it flushes. I was too embarrassed to ask then and I regret it now, but I really wanted to try it, not because I needed to- just so I could have the experience! When you are around so many things from a different time period, you wonder what life must of been like. You analyze your own life and how many things you take for granted. The other thing in the house that made a big impression on me was the stove. It was so small- I wonder what it would have been like cooking for a big family, definitely hours of prep time just to prepare a good meal.
Next we wandered down Brewery Ave and Main Street, stopping along the way to try some of the local favorites and some more photo opps! We found the worlds smallest saloon. The sign said that there were 3 barstools, and one two top table, we weren't able to stop- because it was closed and later in the evening there was a line out the door! We found an alley that was filled with paining and pictures or all sorts, a park that had a mural and much more. By this time we were running out of time because I really wanted to see the Bisbee Restoration Muesuem so we had to walk a bit faster. We ducked in and out of antique stores, and art galleries but we made it to the Muesum before closing.
Inside the museum, was amazing. There were three floors. The top floor was by far my favorite- as it had tons and tons of vintage clothing. Wedding dress, purses, prom gowns, old dolls, some school house furniture and more, the second floor was filled with communication stuff, old radio stuff and the thing that caught my eye was old newpapers. They were in these huge books and you had to put gloves on to touch them. Each page was a different day, reading the articles, and looking at the ads were very engaging. Lastly was the bottom floor, this had a lot of the military stuff, which intrigue me as I have family that is/was in the military, and then when there were illness going around and so many people died. The museum was filled with so much history and information- I wish more people knew about this place and took the time to learn about it.
Right across the street was were the JCPENNY use to stand. JCPENNY was actually a mosaic on the sidewalk. It's now a store- antiques and arts and crafts- too bad it wasn't still a JCPENNY's. We walked up and down Main Street. Looking at book stores, olive oil stores, the old post office is here, and many other things. We stopped for dinner at The Bisbee Table. We thought we were going to Pavlo Pizza, but The Bisbee Table- served Pavlo pizza. It was mouthwatering! You must stop and taste it.
We did't want to give up on the day's adventure, so we stopped in the Copper Queen Hotel and Saloon before heading back to the VRBO. The Copper Queen Hotel is rumored to have a ghost roaming the hallways! The foyer was filled with stunning antique furniture- I can only wonder what the rooms look like. We will be staying here on our next adventure! The Saloon was lively with live music and several patrons. On our way out, we met some of our dear friends, that had just finished a ghost tour! i can't wait to go back and have another fun filled day and night! Hope to see you there!