National Geographic : 1963 Mar
Mountaintop "B" Identifies Bisbee, Mile-high City in Cochise County Air-conditioned by its altitude, copper mining Bisbee stretches some two miles long but only a few blocks wide as it rises along both sides of a deep gulch. Many houses cling to terraces and are pitched atop one another like swallows' nests on a cliff. To save the postman weary steps, Bisbeeites daily trudge to the post office for their mail. The community of 10,000 is one of the larg est in the United States without house-to house delivery. Molten glow reflects in the protective glasses of a Kennecott copper worker in Hayden. Hard hat is standard equipment in metal plants. to the rabbits and small rodents," Goulding said. "They just didn't come out of their holes after their hibernation. There used to be a lot of coyotes, too, but they left when they didn't have anything to eat. If you do happen to see a rabbit, there'll be an Indian crowding him mighty close." This is a harsh and brutal land, where the Indians live in scalding poverty, despite "general knowledge" that the Navajos are rich. Later I asked John McPhee, assistant to Paul Jones, Chairman of the Tribal Coun cil, to explain the paradox. 320 "Fifteen years ago, the Navajo was one of the poorest tribes in the United States," he said. "Today it is perhaps the wealthiest, because divine providence gave it great oil and gas fields." Uranium also yields big money. But instead of distributing income from these sources more than $16,500,000 in 1961-the tribe spends it on long-range improvements in water supply, educational opportunities, and industrial projects to create jobs.* *See "Better Days for the Navajos," by Jack Breed, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, December, 1958.