Sunday, November 12, 2006

Brewery Gulch house 1 of 10 on upcoming Bisbee home tour

[Source: Joan F. Barrett, Arizona Daily Star] -- Be prepared to smile in artist Rose Johnson's historic Bisbee home, 90 miles southeast of Tucson. Her residence delights with color, art, tile work, transformed secondhand finds and much more. "My house is an extension of my creativity," says Johnson, whose work includes public murals and paintings sold through galleries. Her fun and funky dwelling will be one of 10 houses open for the 24th Annual Bisbee Historic Home Tour, Heart of Bisbee, on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-26.

Participating homes sit along Tombstone Canyon and Brewery Gulch in Old Bisbee, a former copper mining town rich in history. Tombstone Canyon is part of historic Route 80, the main connection between El Paso, Texas, and San Diego before I-10 was built. Brewery Gulch's past includes a red light district and more than 47 saloons in the early 1900s. Today, stores and transformed miners' cottages dot the street.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo of Rose Johnson's house by Kelly Presnell, Arizona Daily Star.]