In the early 1900’s, Bisbee Arizona was considered the true “wild, wild west”. There were saloons all along the downtown streets, gunfights, gambling and just general hell-raising. The surrounding land was host to Geronimo, Cochise, Pancho Villa and Lee Marvin (He came later). In 1910 the city was considered the largest in the territory, with over 25,000 people. The Cochise County seat was relocated here from Tombstone in 1929.
People came here and found jobs, becoming miners and railroad workers and their children were enrolled in school. In June of 1917, John R. Kibbey Architects working out of Phoenix Arizona completed the plans and drawings for an elementary school, which was built and opened in 1918 as Garfield School. There were now 15 schools strategically placed at ½ mile intervals throughout Bisbee so that children would not have a long walk to get an education.
Even now as the School House Inn, the same sturdy red brick construction stands tall and regal, with 8,110 sq. ft. of floor space. In the bottom floor of this two-story icon still remains the original steam heat furnace (it has long since been disabled), but due to its shear weight and size, cannot be removed.
At the east end of the School House Inn stands a dynamic giant oak tree. In the early 1900’s it was just a back yard variety live oak, but has grown to mammoth proportions towering higher than the rooftop and spreading it’s branches to shade the large patio.
The School House Inn Bed & Breakfast name was the creation of Mark & Shirl Negus, who acquired the property about fifteen years ago, and ran the business for around five years. Prior to that, this inn was named the Petra Bed & Breakfast. Mark did a lot of structural improvements and repairs to help preserve the integrity of the original building.
This is a fun bed & breakfast. Even our senior guests get the giggles while browsing the hallways & rooms remembering the “good old days”. How about the boys who would dunk the girl’s long hair in the inkwell on the desks; that memory is in the greeting room downstairs!!
Bisbee’s wonderful mile-high climate provides you with outdoor enjoyment year-round. Directly below the Inn, Garfield Park provides basketball, volleyball, and swings for your enjoyment (you’re never too old to be a swing champion).
Finally, don’t forget to make your reservations early and spend some time exploring Old Bisbee. See you real soon.