Globe Information

Past & Present

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.

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

Principal Economic Activites

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.

Old Dominion Mine

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