In far southeast Arizona, Douglas
is a relatively large city towards the south end of the vast Sulphur Springs Valley
, bordered to the east by the Perilla Mountains and the west by a seasonal desert wash (Whitewater Draw). Major access routes are US 191 from Willcox
and two sections of Hwy 80, from Benson
, New Mexico. US 191 terminates at the Mexican border, a rather less busy crossing point than that in Nogales, the other main border city in south Arizona. Shops and lodging are concentrated in the southwest corner of town, also along US 191.
Although lightly visited, this part of the state is not lacking in attractions, with Tombstone
and Coronado National Memorial
both within an hour's drive to the west, and Chiricahua National Monument
60 miles north. Like Tombstone, Douglas was founded as a mining town, around 1900, and it retains several hundred historic buildings from the early 20th century.
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