Pearce/Sunsites, in historic Cochise County, is a

community of both working and retired residents, 85 miles

southeast of Tucson and 28 miles southwest of Wilcox.

Established in 1961, at an elevation of 4,500 feet, Sunsites is

growing into a completely self-supporting unincorporated community.

Surrounding the village are the communities of

Sunizona and Richland as well as other rural development.

 

Located in a scenic agriculturally oriented valley in Cochise

County, Pearce-Sunsites is experiencing steady growth with

many new privately owned businesses opening each year. The

area's communities provide residential support to the cities of

Wilcox, Douglas, Benson and Tucson where employment is

available in communications, transportation, utility and service

facilities. The majority of Pearce-Sunsites residents, however, are

retired, though younger people are moving here also.

The tourism industry is important to the area because of Pearce-Sunsites

location between I-10 and the southern Cochise

County gateways to Mexico and because of the local color and

history.

 

In Cochise County, history buffs will find a wealth of information

on the Old West. Sunsites is located along the Cochise Trail,

a route beginning at Wilcox and hitting numerous points of historical

interest in the county--including Bisbee, Tombstone,

Sierra Vista, Fort Huachuca, Douglas and Agua Prieta, Sonora,

Mexico. Ghost towns of former mining camps of Gleeson,

Hilltop, Paradise, Sunglow and Courtland dot the trail.

Cochise Stronghold, once the hideout for Apache Chief Cochise

and his band, is now a camping and picnic ground maintained

by the National Forest Service eight miles from Sunsites.

Chiricahua National Monument and the Wonderland of Rocks

are within a 45-minute drive.

 

The Amerind Foundation, Inc., located 19 miles from Sunsites, is

a nonprofit archaeological research center and museum specializing

in the Native American culture of that portion of the

Southwest known as the Gran Chichimeca. Museum displays

include prehistoric artifacts gathered from the Southwest and

Northern Mexico, as well as collections of both prehistoric and

historic materials from other portions of the New World-from

the Arctic to the southern tip of South America. (Advance reservations

are required for all tours.)

 

Pearce, which was a mining town of 1,500 people in 1919, is

the site of one of the richest mines in Arizona. The

Commonwealth Mine produced $15,000,000 in gold during its

years of production. The historic Pearce Store and several ruins

remain today.