Globe and Miami, which have been important cop-per

mining centers for more than a century, are colorful communities

about four miles apart in east-central Arizona. Both are located

in a steep canyon, at 3,500 feet, in the Pinal Mountains of southern

Gila County. Globe is the county seat. U.S. 60 connects them.

Globe was founded as a mining town in 1876 because of

ample water and its attractive location for distribution of mining

products. The city was incorporated twice before its present incorporation

in 1907. Miami was founded by Black Jack Newman as a

camp near his copper mine. He named the camp, Mima, after his

fiancée, Mima Tune. The name was distorted, however, and the

town incorporated in 1918 as Miami.


More than 20 percent of the employment in Globe and Miami

is related to mining and production of copper. Over half of Gila

County's sizable manufacturing sector employment is in copper

smelting, refining or rod production. In the area, there are three

copper mines, several concentrators, a smelter and a rod mill. All of

Gila County is a designated Enterprise Zone.

The local tourism industry has been enhanced by a $50 million

investment by the federal government to provide recreational campgrounds

and amenities at nearby Roosevelt Lake.


Meandering westerly from Globe-Miami is the famous Apache

Trail. This 98-mile trek on state Highway 88 provides more insight

into the character of Arizona than possibly any other section of road

in the state. Along the roadway, imposing saguaros, rugged mountains

jutting out of the desert, and four lakes created by dams on

the Salt River give the traveler a glimpse of Arizona's beauty and

diversity. The newly designed “Old West Highway” continues eastward

to Lordsburg, New Mexico.


The Besh-ba-Gowah Indian Ruin is adjacent to the Globe

Community Center. The partially restored ruin and the adjacent

museum and visitor center provide a glimpse of the lifestyle of people

who occupied the region more than two centuries before

Columbus discovered the New World. A botanical garden is developed.

The downtown areas of Globe and Miami are rich in historic

buildings and a walking tour is available. In downtown Globe, the

historic Gila County Courthouse, built in 1906, is being restored and

houses the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.

The Boyce Thompson Southwest Arboretum with its collection

of more than 10,000 desert cacti, flowers and trees is about 25

miles southwest of Miami. The Gila County Museum has a fine collection

of artifacts dating from 1125 to 1400 A.D. from the Salado



Fishing, hunting, white water rafting and sightseeing are popular

with residents and visitors. Roosevelt Lake, 25 miles from Globe via

state Highway 88, is one of the Southwest's finest bass lakes. Tonto

National Monument is also nearby.