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Welcome to Globe-Miami

Step back in time with a visit to the Globe-Miami area in central Arizona. With wonderful downtown buildings still intact and historic cottages and homes lining the hills, visitors can truly feel what it might have been like 100 years ago, while still being able to enjoy all the amenities of the modern world. The small communities are located just east of Phoenix and north of Tucson.

Mining began here in the late 1860s, when silver was first discovered. A huge nugget of silver with many veins had been dug from beneath the earth. It resembled a globe, and that’s how Globe got its name (at least that’s what early lore says, and we’re sticking with it). Globe was founded in 1876 and incorporated in 1907, and Miami was incorporated in 1918. Globe is the county seat of government for Gila County.

Globe-Miami is in the foothills of the Pinal Mountains at an elevation of 3,500 feet. There is much to see and experience in this community, as our mining history, Old West traditions and the Native American culture offer such a wide range of the Southwestern experience. The historic downtowns, copper mining, our neighbors on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, and abundant outdoor recreation throughout the Tonto National Forest all combine to make Globe-Miami the center of a whirlwind of activities.

Visit Globe-Miami and the San Carlos Apache Reservation and enjoy the wonderful scenery and the many points of interests found throughout the area. Along Highway 60, next to the Globe-Miami Chamber/EDC, the Gila County Historical Museum, known as the Globe-Miami Mine Rescue Station for the local mines from 1920 until 1971, houses many collections and Indian artifacts dating back to 1125 AD, as well as many articles of period furniture, an exhibit dedicated to ranching and the early-day cowboy, and many photographic exhibits. The museum is open Monday 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 non-profit organization.

Only a few blocks south of the museum, take a leisurely stroll through historic downtown Globe. A walking tour brochure available at the Chamber lists many of the old buildings and their history. The most spectacular edifice is the Old Gila County Court House, which now houses the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. This building is actually the second county courthouse to be built on this site. The original courthouse, completed in September 1888, was inadequate from the start. By March 1907 the new building was completed, with courts on the third floor, administrative offices on the second floor, and the jail and sheriff’s office on the ground floor. After the building was vacated by the county, it was used for storage for many years, but the Cobre Valley Fine Arts Guild was able to resurrect it from its decaying state and begin renovation efforts. It has been restored to much of its former glory, although much remains to be done.

The historic Gila County Jail is located behind the old courthouse. The jail, which features cell blocks from the infamous Yuma Territorial Prison and has, shall we say, “interesting” graffiti from prisoners throughout the years, is open to the public Monday through Friday from noon to 5 pm.

Other sites of interest in downtown include the beautiful Holy Angels Catholic Church, just a block from the courthouse. The lovely stained-glass windows and high-ceilinged interior will cool you down on even the hottest of days.

After exploring historic downtown Globe, continue south on Broad Street. At the stop sign, watch for signs to Besh-ba-Gowah Archeological Park. Besh-ba-Gowah is an ancient ruin and 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. Cost is $3 per person.

The town of Miami, located just four miles west of Globe, is the site of two copper mining operations, Phelps Dodge Miami and BHP Billiton. The Mission style Catholic church on Sullivan Street is striking in its simplicity and beauty.

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

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. Visitors will be hard-pressed to miss the museum with its striking mine exhibit on the front lawn.

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 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 entirely by volunteers, the museum is open on Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm and by request for special events. Memberships at various levels are welcome. For information, call Otto Santa Anna at (928) 473-2332 or Kathe Quinn at (928) 473-8008.

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 (on the left side of the highway) for an opportunity to see history from the Apache perspective.

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

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