Snow on the Cactus: Bisbee Ghost Tour

If you haven’t guessed already, I love a good ghost story. I think one of the best ways to learn about a city it to take a ghost tour – it’s a fun way to get a little bit of history about the place, along with the local legends.

We went to Tucson over Christmas to see Ed’s family, and one night we went up into the hills to Bisbee, an old copper mining town, for the Old Bisbee Ghost Tour. It was already freezing cold in Tucson, and as soon as we got out of the city the snow began to fall on us. Seeing the desert landscape swirling with snowflakes is a little disorienting, but pretty. As we got higher into the hills, the snow began coming down harder. We found ourselves asking, “Are we insane to go on a walking tour in this weather?”

Yes, we were, but amazingly the tour that night was full, so at least we had a whole gang of crazy people wandering the streets of Bisbee. Our tour guide, Renee, was a great storyteller, and I enjoyed the fact that many of her reports of ghost sightings were recent, and she was able to give us a lot of accounts that came directly from the witnesses themselves. If you ever get out to that area of Arizona, I definitely recommend the tour. If you’re lucky, it won’t be snowing on you!

Beth Dolgner

Beth Dolgner is a freelance writer and editor whose work encompasses everything from motorcycles to ghost stories. She is a devoted Boba Fett fan and a member of the 501st Legion.

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