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B is for Bisbee: 1940

B is for Bisbee: 1940

        If anyone needs us, we'll be at our table at Cafe Roka. Just as soon as those painters get done. And the 1990s roll around.

May 1940. "Main street of Bisbee, Arizona. Copper mining center." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The 1940 view is black and white and by my count there's only eleven people shown, yet I'd rather be there than in the today view.

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Love Cafe Roka

I spent a lot of time in the early '90s at Fort Huachuca. I'd head to Bisbee, and if Roka was open, that's where I'd go for dinner. They're in the building that's between the two cars, with a bit of awning dangling in front and the painters at work on the scaffold. The storefront to the left of "The Fair" is preserved. The classic Woolworth storefront to the right is gone, though.

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