“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Globe in Gila County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

City of Globe

City of Globe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 25, 2010
1. City of Globe Marker
Inscription. Welcome to Globe's Historic Downtown District, a designated Main Street City which once played a vital role in the saga of the Old West. We invite you to walk the steps of Historic Gila County Courthouse where you can enjoy the breathtaking architecture of a bygone era and receive a free map of the self-guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour.

Globe's colorful history began in the mid 1870's when silver was discovered. Rich mines gave birth to a booming community of 700 by 1880, prompting the appointment of Globe as county seat for the newly formed Gila County in 1881.

As silver ore played out, Globe turned to its abundant copper deposits. The Old Dominion Copper Mine was founded in 1881 spurring growth in both mining and the town. In 1898 the long-awaited railroad arrived stimulating further growth of Globe and the mines. The City of Globe was incorporated in 1907 and George W. P. Hunt became the first Mayor. He later went on to become Arizona's first Governor, serving 6 subsequent terms.

By 1910 Globe was a flourishing community with several copper mines and host of commercial buildings, churches, theaters and the now historic Gila County Courthouse. There was a continuous element of Old West excitement in Glove with fancy bordellos, “orderly” lynchings, and infamous saloons patronized
Old Gila County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 25, 2010
2. Old Gila County Courthouse
by hard-working miners and ranch hands painting the town! Globe has seen it all, prosperous boom town eras and more than its share of tough times. It has evolved into a marvelous example of vigorous Old West spirit!
Location. 33° 23.777′ N, 110° 47.223′ W. Marker is in Globe, Arizona, in Gila County. Marker is on North Broad Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 North Broad Street, Globe AZ 85501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cobre Valley Center for the Arts (here, next to this marker); In Honor of John W. Wentworth (a few steps from this marker); Hon. George W. P. Hunt (a few steps from this marker); St. John's Espiscopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Sheriff Thompson's Home (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Globe to Governor (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hanging Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); International House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Globe.
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Missing City of Globe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
3. Missing City of Globe Marker
A plaque regarding the City of Globe had previously been mounted on the sidewalk. City is re-doing the area and the plaque was removed. Three new concrete squares are viewable in this photo. These are at the location of the removed markers.

John W. Wentworth Marker is to the left of stairs behind tree. Hon. George W.P. Hunt Marker is to the right of stairs.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,046 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on August 4, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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