History Up Close & Personal

Bisbee’s storied past is recorded, reflected, and retold in the Museum’s oral history collection. Share a smile at the memories of growing up, living, and working in Bisbee in its heyday as a thriving industrial city with a definite personality. If you are interested only in certain topics, such as mining, banking, holidays, ranching… you name it, use the keyword search.

Walter Boyer

Content: C.C.C ranch 0:38, Army 1:30, Phelps Dodge mines 2:48, Smelter 3:58, Mining 6:31, mining process 8:45, Miner friendship 12:37, Childhood pranks 13:56, Miner nicknames 15:42, injury 18:25, Truck driving 24:30, Phelps Dodge store 27:35, Pit mining 35:00, Unions 37:15, Miner housing 40:59, Auto Accident 44:30, Murder 47:00, Turquoise 48:56, Pickup truck 52:40, Miner conditions open pit mining 56:00

Interviewed By: Not Set

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Walter Brockbank interviewed by Carl Nelson February 20th 1972

Content: Transportation, Working Conditions, Entertainment, Population, School Life, Church Life, Coaster Races, 4th of July, Dances, Hospital, Deportation, IWW, American Legion Text: Biography 00:30, Transportation/Walking 00:45, Working Conditions 1:25, Entertainment 3:00, Schooling 3:40, CNA Picnic 7:00, Schools and Churches in South Bisbee 8:15, Population 9;45, Pedaling Bisbee Ore and the Bisbee Review 13:00, Dances 16:00, Coaster Races 16:50, WWI 18:55, **End of Interview with Walter Brockbank, New Interview Begins at 23:28 with Date and Person Unknown** Bisbee Hospital 23:28, Drs at the Hospital 24:50, IWW/Deportation 27:00, American Legion 39:20, Brothers Employment 40:00, Opening Leasing Companies 43:20, Arizona Becoming A State 45:50

Date Recorded: 20/02/1972

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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Walter Douglas interviewed by Robert Munson-Sept 16, 1974

Content: Tintown 1:00, Fire in Tintown/Bisbee Fire 1:15, Smelting process 3:55, Formation of the Copper Queen Mine 6:05,Family Tree 8:15, Family home 10:20, The Presidents of the Phelps Dodge Corporation 11:00, Bisbee Deportation and the Wobblies 12:15, Underground mining 14:15, Greyhound bus lines 14:45, Air travel 15:06,workers strike in Canenea Sonora 20:10, Mexican Revolution and the Arizona Rangers 23:30

Date Recorded: 16/09/1974

Interviewed By: Robert Munson

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Walter Douglas interviewed by Robert Munson-September,1974

Content: Coming to Bisbee 0:45, Tin town 1:01, Phelps Dodge 2:30, Smelting 3:35, Mining claims 4:35, Copper mining 6:30, Marriage 7:51, Childhood home 10:02, Bisbee deportation 12:14, Aviation Charter service 15:01, Congressional seat 18:49, mining strike 20:03, Mexican Revolution 22:59, Arizona Rangers 24:40

Interviewed By: Robert Munson

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Walter Douglas Jr Funeral Procession

Content: Funeral Music / Church organ 0:05, Funeral Music / Church organ 4:27, Funeral Procession 10:19, Hymns 10:55, Church sermon 15:39, Hymns 22:34, Sermon 24:43, Memories of Walter 37:00, Prayer 38:00, Biography of Walter Douglas Jr 38:40

Interviewed By: Unknown

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Wes Allen interviewed by Carl Nelson March 31st 1975

Content: Coming to Bisbee 3:05, Employment 4:20, Operating a rod mill 6:00, Roll house 7:05, Furniture Business 7:55, Furniture Customers 10:50, Getting Furniture 11:30, Prices of Furniture 13:30

Date Recorded: 31/03/1975

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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Wesley Allen interviewed by Carl Nelson - Mar 31, 1975

Content: Dos Cabezas 2:20, Proprietorship 3:10, Rod Mill 3:26, Roll House 3:50, Furniture business 5:05, Inflation 6:40, Arizona manufactures 8:26

Date Recorded: 31/03/1975

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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Westley Allen interviewed by Carl Nelson March 31st 1975

Content: Coming to Arizona 0:50, Coming to Bisbee 3:00, Using a Rod mill 3:30, Roll house 4:30, Furniture Business 5:30, Customers 8:00, Purchasing Furniture 8:30, Prices of Furniture 10:20

Date Recorded: 31/03/1975

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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Wiley James interviewed by Carl Nelson-May 10, 1972

Content: Arriving in Bisbee 0:42, O.K Street 1:40, Sheet metal shop 1:52, Plumbing 4:05, WWI 4:30, WWI victory celebration 5:30, Plumbing 6:40, Model T Automobile 7:30

Date Recorded: 10/05/1972

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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William A. Carnahan interviwed by Arthur Don Kent

Content: Parks and Leisure 2:45,Transportation 7:28, School Life 12:08, Work and Trade 22:00, Hunting 24:10

Interviewed By: Art Kent

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