PEARCE and FITTSBURG

NAME: Pearce and Fittsburg
COUNTY: Cochise
ROADS: 2WD
LEGAL INFO: T18S, R25E
CLIMATE: Mild winter, Hot summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime
COMMENTS: Many current residents, make sure to see the museum.Video available, see below.
REMAINS: Many old and original buildings including the church and the jail that still has the door on it.

Pearce's post office was established March 6, 1896 and has not been discontinued. The Commonwealth mine was the mainstay of Pearce, discovered by Cornishmen Jimmie Pearce. The population of Pearce raced to 1500 residents. Pearce even had its own motion picture theater. The mine closed in the 1930's but there are still current residents today along with a museum. Fittsburg is the site of the mine and the mill associated with the town of Pearce. It is about 1 mile east of Pearce on Pearce Road. - GT

Pearce is named after Jimmie Pearce who was miner in Tombstone. Together with his wife, who run (runed) a boardinghouse, he had save some money to buy land, and he bayed a ranch lot northeast of Tomb-stone. One day in 1894 he found placer gold beside a hilltop and he was back in mine business not as a worker but as owner. A town grow up near to Jimmie Pearce's Commonwealth Mine, post office opened on marts 6, 1896 and number of resident grow up to 1500. Jimmie Pearce sold Commonwealth for $250.000, and his wife, who remembered the hard times, made a clausal in the contract witch guarantee her rights to run a boardinghouse beside the mine witch worked until 1930. More buildings bring the memories about Pearce's hot days, including the post office who is still working, school, jail, 5 ruins, some foundation and the Old Store built in 1894 by Soto Brothers & Renaud. Pearce cemetery is west of the town along Middlemarch Road, witch is a dirt road who cross Dragoon Mountains to Tombstone, and witch leaded the soldiers between Fort Bowie and Fort Huachuca in 1870 and 1880. Bobby Zlatevski


Pearce
Courtesy Tom McCurnin


Main Street store - 1893
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Old Post Office
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Jail
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Pearce
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Pearce
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Pearce
Courtesy Kurt Wenner


Pearce
Courtesy Theresa and Cian Corcoran


Pearce
Courtesy Theresa and Cian Corcoran


Pearce
Courtesy Bobby Zlatevski


VIDEO AVAILABLE


Fittsburg circa 1900
Courtesy Arizona Historical Society


Pearce General Store (museum)
Courtesy Tom McCurnin


Pearce
Courtesy Tom McCurnin


School
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Home of Justice of the Peace
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Pearce Cemetery
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Pearce
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Pearce
Courtesy Theresa and Cian Corcoran


Pearce
Courtesy Theresa and Cian Corcoran


Pearce General Store
Courtesy Tom McCurnin


Bignon Graves
Courtesy Tom McCurnin


New Pearce Jail
Courtesy Rick Duncan


Old Pearce Jail
Courtesy Rick Duncan


Old Pearce Hill and Mine
Courtesy Rick Duncan

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