The 'G' on the mountainside means you're in Globe, Ariz.The 'G' on the mountainside means you're in Globe, Ariz.

The ‘G’ on the mountainside means you’re in Globe, Ariz.

On Monday, I traveled to Globe, Ariz., to work on a magazine story. And as it was my very first trip to the Cobre Valley, I’m pleased to report that it was a pleasure, beginning to end.

My only previous experience of Globe came via an article in Arizona Attorney Magazine. There, in 2004, (Judge) Sally Simmons wrote about the historic mining town and one lawyer’s impact on it.

Tommy Thompson in Globe, Ariz., by photographer Cassandra Tomei

Tommy Thompson in Globe, Ariz., by photographer Cassandra Tomei

As she said, Tommy Thompson has been committed to the restoration and preservation of the town’s history for decades.

You can read her story here. It’s titled “Lawyering at Street Level: Tom Thompson’s Highest Service.”

While I was in southeastern Arizona, I also visited one of those preserved buildings—the one that formerly housed the Gila County Superior Court. Now it’s home to the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. (I wrote about it here.)

I also was privileged to get a one-person tour of the old county jail. It was as filled with history—and maybe poltergeists—as you would guess.

Less than two hours from Phoenix, the area offered many enjoyable sites to the traveler. Clearly, a longer, more leisurely trip is demanded!

Later this week, I’ll share a few photos from my visit.

Gila County, Ariz., courthouse, by Ken Lund

Gila County, Ariz., courthouse, by Ken Lund

Arizona’s landscape is dotted with some beautiful courthouses, many still in operation. But for those that are not, finding a suitable “chapter two” can be a challenge.

In Gila County, a wonderful old courthouse faced an empty future. But, as an Arizona Republic story explains, it has been transformed into the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.

I may be on an adaptive reuse kick this month (see my story from yesterday about auto dealerships transforming in Boston), but I was very taken with this Arizona story. You can read the whole thing here.

And for more information on the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, go here and here.