There are reportedly three resident ghosts in the Copper Queen Hotel. One of the ghostly residents is an older gentleman who has long hair and a beard. He is usually seen wearing a top hat and a black cape. Guests and staff have claimed to smell the aroma of cigar either before or after seeing him. He mostly appears in the doorway and sometimes as a shadow in the rooms which are located on the fourth floor.
The second ghost and perhaps the most famous is that of a woman in her thirties by the name of Julia Lowell. It is said that she was a prostitute and she used the hotel for her and her clients. She fell madly in love with one of her clients and when she told him this he no longer wanted to see her. She took her own life at the hotel. Guests and staff at the hotel say that they feel her presence on the second and third floors of the west side of the building. Male staff and guests have reported hearing a female voice whispering in their ear. Others have also reported seeing her dancing provocatively at the foot of the stairs. She likes to play with men’s feet. As a tribute to her, one of the rooms in the hotel is named the Julia Lowell room.
The third ghost is also the youngest and it is the ghost of a little boy. It is reported that he drowned in the San Pedro River. His presence in the hotel is explained through his relatives or parents who once worked at the hotel. Guests have reported objects being moved by the little ghost in their rooms. Others have reported hearing footsteps in the halls and giggling. The little boy’s ghost has never been seen, only heard.
The construction of the Copper Queen Hotel started in 1898 and it was finally completed in 1902. The hotel was built by the Phelps Dodge Mining Company as a place for investors, as well as dignitaries. Construction was not very easy as they had to blast away at large portions of the mountainside.
The walls of the hotel nearly had to be two feet thick to help keep it cool during hot summer months. The hotel has gone through a lot of changes through the years but it has remained dedicated to its mission of providing weary travelers and guests with an excellent place to stay when they are far away from the comforts of their own home. The original hotel had 73 rooms and it also had a courtyard building adjacent to it which was built for lawyers’ offices.
The hotel has five floors but the fifth floor only contains the mechanics for the elevator. The hotel had a parking lot at one time but in the 1970s, the owners decided that a pool would better benefit the hotel and its guests instead of a parking lot.
Copper Queen Hotel offers guests 48 Victorian-styled rooms all with its own private bath in the original hotel and 5 more rooms in the courtyard building which is just adjacent to the hotel. Not two rooms are the same. Each of the rooms has its own distinct personality.
Throughout its history, famous personalities such as Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin, Julia Roberts, Harry Houdini, and John Wayne have visited and stayed in the hotel. Angelas’ Restaurant, located in the hotel, offers the Copper Queen’s original 1902 menu and modern fairs, such as Pasta Pescatore and Chicken Parmesan. Guests will also be able to pair their meals with the extensive wine list.
The Copper Queen Salon has been mentioned in the New York Times as a must-visit place when in Southern Arizona. You can enjoy special occasions with a bar full of locals. You may even be able to sit in the same chair as Lee Marvin or John Wayne. The Copper Queen Hotel also has a banquet room that can accommodate up to forty guests. There are also other facilities which can accommodate up to 70 guests.
- Cable television
- Private bath
- Individual heating
Things to Do
The quaint town of Bisbee has plenty of attractions for visitors. Enthusiasts of the paranormal will enjoy the Old Bisbee ghost tours. This tour will take you around town and all the places which have ghostly activity. Reservations have to be made for this tour.
The Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum has preserved the town’s legacy and it has entertained hundreds of visitors. The museum reflects the town’s history like no other and it is a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliations Program. Visitors can also put their hard hats on and venture underground with the Queen Mine Tour.
The Muheim Heritage House Museum is a registered The town of Bisbee also has lots of festivals throughout the year which visitors can enjoy. There is the All Ages Comedy Show, Annual Art Auction, Copper Classic Car Show, Bisbee Community Chorus Spring Concert and Bisbee Gem, Mineral Show, and many others.
One full bed starts at $89
One queen bed starts at $99
One king bed starts at $109
Two queen beds start at $129
Specialty rooms start at $159