Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bisbee, AZ: St. Elmo Bar

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St. Elmo Bar, Bisbee, AZ
One can't walk the streets of Bisbee, AZ and not feel goosebumps on their arms.  Perhaps it's knowing that my feet are stepping on the same footprints left by miners and railroad workers from 150 years ago, that I'm feeling the same breeze rushing through the canyon that native people found refuge in, or just resting my arms on the same wooden bar top that Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday once rested theirs on.

St. Elmo Bar was established in 1902, about 21 years after the famous "Gunfight at the OK Corral" an hour north in Tombstone.  But that's not to say that Earp and Holliday never drank here.

Brewery Gulch, a section of Bisbee, hosted the towns entertainment and nightlife, at one time boasting some 47 saloons as early as 1880, and had been considered the liveliest spot between El Paso and San Francisco.      Before St. Elmo was established, the Gulch hosted other bars and venues.  Perhaps one can still hear the gunshots and fist fights echoing off the buildings from 130+ years ago.

Today, St. Elmo Bar stands as one of the oldest bars in Arizona still in operation.  During the day, you can talk to the local regulars, and at night you can party with tourists late into the eve.

Sash and I couldn't stay that late the day we rolled into Bisbee, but we did make a point to stop in at St. Elmo.  No trip to Bisbee can be complete without visiting the famous bar.

St. Elmo Bar
36 Brewery Ave
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone:(520) 432-5578

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    1. She was more sauced than we thought. But what a character! We find more funny people. . . LOL!

      Hugs to you HT!!

  2. Glad you made it to St. Elmo's. I love that bar!

  3. Sash:

    It's the people that you meet along the way that brings back memories. I like historic places too and I too wonder who had been there or walked those streets before. If only the walls could talk !

    Riding the Wet Coast


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