Huachuca City, also known as the Sunset City, is on
state Highway 90, 64 miles southeast of Tucson. The community, at
an elevation of 4,245 feet, was incorporated in 1958 but it originated
as a stop on the now abandoned Southern Pacific Railroad
between Tombstone and Patagonia, Arizona.
The Huachuca City economy is closely related to the U.S.
Army’s Fort Huachuca, headquarters for the Army’s Information
Systems Command, Intelligence Center and School, Electronic
Proving Ground and Communications Electronic Installation Agency.
The city is just 20 miles from the Mexican border and has good
potential for the twin plant industrial concept. This highly desirable
location has made residential construction and retirement living
important to the economy. The Huachuca Commercial Center (for
improved industrial and commercial sites) is under construction and
will have 40 acres. Undeveloped land, with city utilities available, is
abundant around Huachuca City. All of Huachuca City is a designated
Cochise County, in the southeast corner of Arizona, is unique
in its historical, recreational and scenic features. The rugged mountains
and broad grassy valleys were once dominated by the Apaches
whose chief gave his name to the county. The struggle between the
Chiricahua Apaches and the U.S. Cavalry is reflected in numerous
sites throughout the county. These same mountains offer the visitor
to Cochise County many opportunities to hike and wander through
lush stands of ponderosa pine, douglas fir and quaking aspen. The
Coronado National Forest is noted for a variety of wildlife and offer the
hunter and the nature lover many hours of excitement and pleasure.
Within an hour drive of Huachuca City, visitors can see historic
Cochise Stronghold, where Cochise sought refuge from the U.S.
Cavalry and is buried. Fort Huachuca, established in 1877 as a cavalry
post to safeguard settlers, now has an excellent museum.
Nearby are several ghost towns including Bisbee, a picturesque
1890s mining town built on mountain sides, with the infamous
Brewery Gulch. State Highway 80 tunnels through a mountain pass
to the Lavender Pit, the only open-pit mine on a major highway.
Coronado National Memorial (a recreational area in Huachuca
Mountains with spectacular views into Mexico), commemorates the
first European expedition into the American Southwest.
Other attractions include: Tombstone (Historical Monument),
the “Town Too Tough To Die,” site of gun fights; old Cochise County
Court House, now a state Historical Museum; Amerind Foundation
Museum, has an outstanding display of Indian culture and artifacts.
Agua Prieta, Nogales and Naco, Mexican cities across the inter-national
border, offer shops, restaurants, night clubs and (in Nogales) colorful and exciting bullfights.
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