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Peak Wildflower Season has arrived in Globe-Miami region

Every spring, swaths of Mexican Gold poppies bloom along highway 60 lure photographers and petal-peepers to the communities of Miami and Globe. The burst of color is reliable even in years that lack generous winter rainfall, but with the rains we’ve had during the first quarter of 2017 this promises to be an exceptional display.   Read More »

Verde Canyon Railroad offers Valentine’s Day experience

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, on February 11, 12 and 14, 2017, Verde Canyon Railroad “sweetens” the experience aboard its most popular event, Chocolate Lovers’ Train. Where else can passengers enjoy a flight of wine and chocolate decadence while catching a glimpse of bald eagles in flight?  Read More »

Why we love rafting the Salt.

Rafting season is scheduled to begin on March 4th this year and river rafting companies are beginning to book reservations.  We’ve had a decent amount of rain this winter so the river should be running and fun begins in just over one month from now!  We are re-sharing this post from the Salt River Rafting folks to whet your appetite! For more on this, see our article by Anne McAuley on Rafting the Salt River . Plus, check out this video we found by Salt River Rafting folks who show that not ALL the fun is had on the water! And, here are the links to the rafting companies working the Salt River each year:  SaltRiverRafting (SRR):   This is one of the oldest rafting companies operating along the Salt, since 1992.   Noteworthy: Check out their “Super Wilderness One Day,” which meets up at Bernie’s Steakhouse, and includes 20 river miles, three Class IV rapids, a dozen Class IIIs, and three hours of rugged jeep trails to and from the river.    info@raftthesalt.com    800-472-5194 Mild to Wild:   This company operates in Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Noteworthy: They have rafts, premium boats and inflatable kayaks. Check out their “Dash of ... Read More »

Superior Home & Building Tour to run January 28th-29th

SUPERIOR- The doors to Superior are open to all who want to learn about our community and have a great time. The doors to the Town, as well as doors to several homes and buildings, are wide open for our annual Home and Building Tour. You’ll see an eclectic assortment of renovated homes, chalk full of color, décor and great low cost ideas. Wonder what businesses used to be in our old buildings on Main St? You’ll see that and more at this fun event. Read More »

A Greek Monastery in the Sonoran Desert

This was first published in print for our Winter Issue in 2011 and later published online, February 5th, 2011. I had heard about St.Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery (located just south of Florence) years ago, and I finally made the time to visit it in June 2011. Although I am not Orthodox, the visit was a spiritual experience for me in much the same way any place of serene beauty confirms the presence of a Greater Hand at work in the universe. The monastery is out in the desert and seems to be an unlikely spot for such beauty since the desert south of Florence is a fairly non-descript flat expanse of the Sonoran Desert. You’ll see a lot of greasewood, shrub brush, and cholla cactus, but that’s about it. However, the monastery compound stands out because of the various kinds of stately palm trees that grace the grounds and its orchards and olive groves. Read More »

Photographers and visitors flock to Besh Ba Gowah to view luminarias on Dec. 18th

Don’t miss Globe’s most famously festive holiday event: the one-night-only Festival of Lights when more than 1,000 luminarias light the walls of the rebuilt Besh Ba Gowah pueblo archaeological park in the city of Globe. Admission is free (donations always welcome, though); events start at sunset with a charming evening of breathtaking beauty, live music, hot cider and coffee. Nocturnal luminarias offer a fine finish for a day-trip to Globe where you can browse antique stores and a variety of unique, locally-owned shops. Read More »

Picket Post Mansion opens for rare tour Dec. 10-11

West-facing walls and windows of historic Picket post House are all that most people have ever seen of the 7,000 square foot mansion — but after a five-year hiatus, two special weekends of public tours return Dec. 10-11, and also Jan. 7-8. Read More »

Globe-Miami’s Antique Shops

What could be finer than sauntering in the Arizona sunshine from one cool, friendly shop to another, finding troves of treasures, whimsy, and history? The sixteen antique and vintage shops of Globe-Miami are clustered in the two towns’ historic districts, and most are within easy walking distance of one another. For visitors from the Valley of the Sun, a fall weekend of antiquing in Globe-Miami offers a refreshing respite from the Phoenix heat and an opportunity to explore and shop in a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere, rich in history. Globe Yesterday’s Treasures (209 Hackney Ave.) is part antique shop, part thrift store. After descending the steps to the porch, continue straight ahead on the sidewalk to the far end of the building to find the antiques. Some lovely pieces of furniture and glassware – among much more – are available here, so don’t be put off by the children’s toys and clothing in the front portion of the shop. Open Monday through Saturday 9 to 5.  A wide array of antiques and collectibles, including booths devoted to Western wear and vintage boots, country decor, kitchenware, vintage clothing and furs, and Western Americana, are to be found at the Globe Antique Mall. ... Read More »

Old Dominion Mine Park project receives prestigious Merit Award from BHP Billiton

If you’ve lived in Globe-Miami a long time, you might remember when the Old Dominion Mine was an unused mine site, with crumbling foundations, eroded tailing piles and rusting machinery. The deserted mine site was closed to the public, although well known to the community as most had explored it in their youth. BHP Billiton, which purchased the property in 1995 from Magma Copper, was ready to begin reclamation proceedings in the mid-1990s and they held public meetings on the matter. Were they surprised to have a huge public turnout…one that had public comments overwhelmingly in favor of preserving the character of the mine and making the site into a walking park for the community?  In a community used to the comings and goings, the ups and downs of mining, it must have seemed remarkable that people asked that history be preserved rather than razed. Now a premier city park, the Old Dominion Post Mining Legacy project has earned a Merit Award in the BHP Billiton annual Health, Safety, Environment & Community recognition program. The park project was judged along with more than 100 projects submitted by BHP Billiton’s wide network of properties throughout the world and was one of ... Read More »

Examining the Building Blocks of Globe-Miami

The partnership of Globe-Miami and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in a four-year studio project is bringing fresh eyes to the historic districts of Miami and Globe. Both challenges and opportunities are offered by the buildings here, some of which are more than 100 years old. Their stories are fascinating and complex—starting with the very materials they are made of. In Miami and Globe—like almost every mining community of Arizona—the first dwellings were tents made of canvas. Adobe was also common, mud being easier to obtain than wood in those days. When the towns became more established, homes, stores, and offices were often built of wood. In Miami, poured concrete was a popular alternative to wood. Brick and stone were more expensive materials that came into use as the region prospered. Adobe According to historians, adobe structures were built in the early part of the century in both Globe and Miami. They were used as housing for miners, as well as commercial buildings. Today, there are still notable adobe or part-adobe buildings on Broad Street in Globe, including 386 N. Broad, which houses Simply Sarah’s, and 290 N. Broad, the Keegan Building, which now houses Mon Journée. The ... Read More »