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southeastern Arizona, been a crossroad of cultures for centuries. The
copper-laden Mule Mountains are to the west, the Swisshelm and Perilla
ranges to the east and the mighty Chiricahuas to the north. The high
desert climate brings Douglas sunny days, moderate daytime temperatures
and cool nights under skies not obscured by city lights. Just to the
south of Douglas is Agua Prieta, a Mexican city of nearly 100,000
people, which provides opportunities for international tourism and
The Phelps Dodge Copper Mining Company is located in this city which is located about 25 miles east of Bisbee. The new town was named after Dr. James Douglas, then president of Phelps Dodge.
The companion town of Agua Prieta in Mexico also prospered with the export of copper from the Nacozari mines. The historic residential areas, Church Square and the Gadsden Hotel are all memorials to this time of dynamic growth and prosperity.