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“Great because it is so very close and handy and FREE!”
Review of Lavender Pit

Lavender Pit
Ranked #6 of 33 things to do in Bisbee
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Albany, Oregon
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60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great because it is so very close and handy and FREE!”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Harrison Lavender faithfully stayed at Phelps Dodge for decades. Tried new advanced mining techniques at Jerome. This pit named after him, revolutionized modern mining. It allowed low grade ores to be mined at low cost allowing the advancement in electronics (phone, TV, Radio, Cell Phone, Electricity, eben Survielance Systems). It is one minute east of downtown Bisbee and right alongside the highway.

Visited January 2014
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San Diego
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78 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great to see and FREE.”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

Worth a quick look and picture or two. FREE to pull over and park and look down into the deep pit used for mining. Some pretty colors reflected in the water below. Only takes 5 min to see, so if in Bisbee a must see.

Visited November 2013
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San Diego, California
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Awe-inspiring”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

This pit is actually an enormous hole in the ground dug by copper miners who lived in and around Bisbee. It's hard to imagine the work that went into digging this "canyon". It is made up of many layers and many colors. Beautiful, awe-inspiring, and very colorful. This would have been quite a different work experience from the tunnels of the Copper Queen Mine. Free to park and view. Self-directed tour with signage.

Visited November 2013
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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238 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Hard to miss”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

This is one big 'ol hole in the ground. If you've never seen an open-pit mine you need to see this. If you're traveling to Bisbee you'd be hard-pressed not to see it either going in or out of town. I told my wife and son I wanted to see it and they thought I was crazy, but when they looked at it they were impressed as well. It really engenders mixed feelings. On the one hand it's impressive to think that a mountain once stood there and then it was removed bit by bit. And it was what built this community with the proceeds. On the other hand, it's a big hole in the ground and doesn't appear that it will ever be anything more than that.

Visited October 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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84 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Stop and See”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

On your way out/into Bisbee make sure you stop at this open pit mine. It has some historical information to let you know how long it was in operation. Take a look at the pretty colors.

Visited June 2013
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