The History of Globe, Arizona

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This article is sponsored by the attorneys of sexual abuse in Globe. We encourage residents and visitors to learn more about the history of the City of Globe.

History of Globe

Globe is a city in and the county seat of Gila County, Arizona. It was founded around 1875 as a mining camp when the mining camp at Ramboz Peak relocated to near the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation after silver was discovered there. In July 1876, plans to incorporated Globe were underway as retail stores, banks and the first newspaper were established. By February 88, it became the county seat of Gila County.

Throughout its early development, Globe was known for stagecoach robberies, murders, lynchings, outlaws and Apache raids. In 1884, Ike and Phineas Clanton arrived in Apache County after the OK Corral in Tombstone. Ike was subsequently killed by a local deputy sheriff, and Phineas had to serve prison time for a stage robbery. After his sentence was over, Phineas moved to Globe and died of pneumonia in 1906.

In 1880, the Old Dominion Mining Company was incorporated. The mine was later sold to the Lewisohn Brothers of New York in 1894. In 1904, it was acquired by Phelps-Dodge. From then, the mine and plant were expanded and modernized. As it grew, so did Glob. However, with the labor unrest in copper mines nationwide in 1917, the Globe mine faced a strike. After the war years, it was left neglected and never returned to its former glory. In 1921, the mine closed due to a recession. In 1931, it was permanently shut down. The property was sold a decade later to the Miami Coppery Company as a water supply. Today, it still supplies industrial and domestic water to the area.

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Historic Buildings

Within the city of Globe, there are a number of buildings and sites that hold historical significance to the city. Those that are still standing include:

  • Gila County Courthouse
  • Drift Inn Saloon
  • Elks Lodge building
  • Murphy Hotel (Tonto Hotel)
  • Woolworth Building
  • Gila Valley Bank Trust Building
  • Globe High School
  • Globe Theater
  • Holy Angels Catholic School
  • Hill Street Mall
  • Globe-Miami Mine Rescue Station
  • Gila Valley, and Northern Railway Station
  • Noftsger Hill School
  • Besh-Ba-Gowah Pueblo
  • Gila Pueblo
  • Cubitto Jewelry building

Other historical buildings that no longer exist are the Trust building, including the European Hotel, Pioneer Hotel and Terminal Hotel, Old Dominion Library, Old Dominion Hotel, Alden Theater, and Central School.

Globe Downtown Historic District

The Globe Downtown Historic District is a national historic district in Globe. It consists of a group of commercial, governmental and religious buildings that relates to Globe's status as the governmental and economic center of Gila County. Notable buildings in the district are Gila County Courthouse, Butler Building, Elks Building, Gila Valley Bank and Trust Building, Ardon Hotel/Globe Bakery, Old Dominion Mercantile, Masonic Temple/Hanna Building, Amster Building, Gila County Jail, St. John's Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church, United States Post Office and Courthouse, Holey Angels Church and Rectory, Arizona Eastern Railroad Depot, Van Wagenen/Fish Building, Residence, Banks Paint, and Federal Building. The historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on May 28, 1987.

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