A Day in Globe/Miami
It's summertime, which means it's the perfect chance to make an exodus from the Valley, either by hitting the open road or jetting off to somewhere cool. Over the next few weeks, Jackalope Ranch will profile a few unique destinations around Arizona and the southwest that are perfect places for a daytrip or a weekend getaway.
If the local lore of Globe is to be believed, the tiny mining town located northeast of the Valley got its name almost by accident.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Hardscrabble prospectors of the 1870s came to the areas with dreams of digging up gold, only to find globe-like deposits of silver instead. More than 130 years later, both Globe and the neighboring community of Miami still offer plenty of hidden treasures, and we ain't talking about the massive amounts of copper that's still mined here.
While not as kitschy or hippie-friendly as other former Arizona boomtowns like Tombstone, Jerome, or Bisbee, the two towns (which are collectively known as the Cobre Valley) feature a quirky and quaint mix of art and antiques, as well as historic buildings, an old-timey vibe and a slew of spectacular sights that make for an interesting daytrip.
The Queen Creek bridge on the route between Phoenix and Globe/Miami.
Situated 85 miles away from Phoenix, you can get to the Globe/Miami area by car in around 90 minutes.
Like many rural Arizona communities, the Globe/Miami has a rich and vast history tied in with the Native Americans who once populated the area. The meticulously maintained Besh-Ba-Gowah Ruins and Museum (1324 Jesse Hayes Road, Globe, 928-425-0320) serves as a monument to said past and chronicles the life and times of the ancient tribes that predates the Apaches by centuries. The archeological site and its adjacent museum are open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and admission is $3.
The Besh-Ba-Gowah Ruins ruins
For another take on the history of the Cobre Valley, visit the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center (150 North Plaza Circle, Miami, 928-473-3700). The fortunes of both Globe and Miami has ebbed and flowed with the price and demand for copper for more than a 100 years, which is documented in detail inside this combination museum and gallery housed in a renovated high school on the edge of town. Open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays afternoons from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., it also features the various art works created by local and a wealth of vintage photographs.
Tthe Bullion Plaza Cultural Center
The nearby downtown section of Miami has experienced a major renaissance over the past few years, going from mostly deserted ghost town littered with empty storefronts to a haven for artistic goods and antiques. For instance, some of the creative types that occupy The Firehouse in Phoenix have launched a satellite gallery and space called Miami Art Works (509 West Sullivan Street, Miami, 602-300-7575) where they show off works that aren't ordinarily featured at First Friday.