Friday, July 09, 2010
Bisbee, Arizona Then and Now by Boyd Nicholl
Title: Bisbee, Arizona Then and Now
Author & Photographer: Boyd Nicholl
Cowboy Miner Productions, 2003
Paperback, 80 pages
Genre: Arizona History, Photography
Source: purchased at the Singing Wind Bookshop, Benson, Arizona.
First Line: Enter Bisbee and turn back the clock.
Bisbee, Arizona was quite a place in its heyday: billions of tons of copper were dug from the ground, presidents visited, and there was always action in Brewery Gulch. Then the ore gave out. What saved old Bisbee for the enjoyment of so many today is the fact that there was no money to tear down and build fresh when residents might have desired.
This tiny volume is a gem for those who love history and like to see the passage of time. Author and photographer Boyd Nicholl is on the staff of the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum and so has had a wealth of "then" photos for this book. What truly impressed me was the fact that he went above and beyond the call with the "after" photos that he took: taking each from the same perspective and during the same weather conditions. It's amazing to see how little the wonderful old town has changed, and Nicholl's text also taught me several tidbits of Bisbee history.
This is a very welcome addition to the books on my Arizona History shelves, and although it may not tempt you to locate a copy and read it, if you're at all interested in your own state and local history, there are many "Then and Now" photography books of many places throughout the USA. If you let Google do the walking, I'll bet you'll find your own little gem in no time!
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
- Phoenix, Arizona, United States
- Hi! I'm addicted to books (especially crime fiction), laughter and traveling off the beaten path. In my free time, when my eyes aren't glued to the printed page, one of them is usually pressed against the viewfinder of my camera. Let's see... books, laughter, travel, photography. Anything else? Oh yeah-- my dream house wouldn't have a kitchen!
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