Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mayberry on Acid

One of the joys of visiting Bisbee is the small town ambience.  I was born in a small town (John Cougar Mellencamp?), but that's where the comparison ends.  They call Bisbee Mayberry on Acid and that slogan is dead on.

One visit we ran into a Texan who'd recently moved to Bisbee thinking it was a conservative small town in Arizona.  The man was highly frustrated.  After buying a cottage, he soon discovered Bisbee was a liberal enclave full of artists, free-thinkers and what he deemed as nefarious types.

Wall murals throughout the town signal Dorothy isn't in Kansas anymore.

But an adorable dog at the cottage gate reminds you that Bisbee truly is Small Town, U.S.A. straight out of J.A. Jance's Joanna Brady novels.

Then you stroll past another mural

before passing the Sea Shell cottage, formerly a miner's home.

Early 1900's cottages dot the town alongside murals with peace, love, and Eastern religion.

The Mimosa Market up Brewery Gulch carries organic fruits and veggies along with an impressive wine selection and home-baked goods.

You'd never see street art like this in my hometown.  Don't pee on the retaining wall!

You know it's a village when you see the 5 mph speed limit sign!

This mural serves as a reminder that Bisbee's just miles from the border and was part of Mexico once upon a time.

Brightly colored cottages line the town's lanes   

While young counterculture hipsters stroll Main Street.

Bisbee, Arizona.  Mayberry on Acid!



Ann said...

I always love when you visit Bisbee--the photos are awesome!

Life's a Beach! said...

Ann, we actually thought about moving there right after Craig retired. I realize now the town might not be the best choice for an aging body since it's all hills and steep stairways, but I still love visiting!