Globe Information

Past & Present

Globe in 1906

Globe 1906

Globe has a colorful history, punctuated by mining discoveries. We were founded as a mining town in 1876 because of ample water and its attractive location for distribution of mining products. The city was incorporated twice prior to its present incorporation in 1907. It has been said Globe named from a globe shaped piece of pure silver found nearby. Globe and Miami, which have been important copper mining centers for more than a century, are colorful communities about four miles apart in east-central Arizona. Both are located in the Cobre Valley, at about 3,500 feet, at the foot of the Pinal Mountains in Southern Gila County.


2007 photo taken from same location as 1901.

2007- 101 years after.
Photo taken from same location as above 1906 photo.



For more of our local history, visit Arizona Memory Project: or the National Register of Historical Places:

Principal Economic Activites

Old Dominion Mine

Old Dominion Mine

Our economic base is mining and ranching, which play a major factor in the city’s economy. More than 20 percent of the employment in Globe and Miami is related to mining and production of copper. Over half of Gila County's sizable manufacturing sector employment is in copper smelting, refining or rod production. In the area there are four copper mines, several concentrators, a smelter and a rod mill. All of Gila County is designated Enterprise Zone.


For further information on Economics in our community or Arizona visit the Arizona Department of Commerce:
Search Gila County or for more specific information Globe/Miami.

Founded: 1876
County: Gila
Globe is the county seat
Elevation: 3,500ft.

Distance to Phoenix: 87 Miles
Distance to Tucson: 106 Miles
Highways to get here: US 60; SR 170; SR 77, SR 188