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BENSON, ARIZONA

About Benson Arizona

Location / Description


Benson is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States, 35 miles east-southeast of Tucson. It was founded as a rail terminal for the area, and still serves as such. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 5,105.


Our extensive market research, demographics and knowledge of the area have concluded this area is posed

for substantial GROWTH over the next 20 years.


The City of Benson is located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Arizona SR 90 about 50 miles east of Tucson. It is also located on the beautiful San Pedro River, adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroads main line.

In the early 1900s, the community grew along with the demand for copper and silver. These metals were mined in the San Pedro Valleyand shipped to Benson for smelting and distribution via the railroad. Today, Benson provides important services to travelers along Interstate 10 and functions as a gateway for tourists visiting southeastern Arizona. Kartchner Caverns State Park 12 miles south.

A moderate climate, approximately 11 degrees cooler than Tucson in the summer, has resulted in Benson's growing popularity as a retirement community and as a destination for tourists and winter visitors.

Weather / Climate

The weather in Benson is comfortable most of the year. On an annual basis, the average daily temperature ranges from a maximum of 79.8 F to a minimum of 45.0 F. Benson receives approximately 11.4 inches of precipitation each year with snowfall being a very infrequent occurrence. 

History

The city of Benson was incorporated in 1924, approximately 40 years after the completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad through southeastern Arizona. Benson was named for Judge William B. Benson of California, a friend of the president of the railroad.

Spanish missionaries arrived in the San Pedro valley near current-day Benson in 1539. The town itself was founded in 1880, a boom year for all of Cochise County. As silver, copper and gold flowed from the mines at Tombstone and Bisbee, Benson was in the perfect position to transport the ore.

In the late 1850s, a stage station was built just north of present-day Benson to serve the Butterfield Trail Stage Line. By the end of the century, the Southern Pacific came to town, followed by an El Paso & Southwestern railroad line that ran from Benson to Tucson. The Sonoran Railroad from Guaymas, Mexico terminated in Benson. Almost all southwestern railroads led to Benson.

All this traffic naturally increased Benson's trade. Businesses sprung up to serve travelers and settlers. Although the Great Depression hurt Benson businesses, the town survived to become a the "Gateway to the Land of Cochise." Surrounded by natural and historical wonders such as the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Cochise Stronghold, Kartchner Caverns State Park 12 miles south and Texas Canyon, Benson offers train trips and stage coach rides once more. 

Things To Do

The areas surrounding Benson offer numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Coronado National Forest and the San PedroRiparian National Conservation Area provide areas for hiking, camping, and picnicking. Kartchner Caverns State Park, which opened November12, 1999, will allows the public access to a spectacular, world -class cave that was only recently discovered.

Overland Stagecoach Days celebration is held annually, each October.

Hotels/Motels

There are hotels and motels in Benson with something for every taste and price range. For more information and a complete list. Click Here. (Hotel Rates, availability, customer reviews and reservation online)

Camping & RV Parks

There are 21 RV parks in and around Benson with 1647 spaces as well as 2 campgrounds within the city and numerous camping opportunities in the surrounding areas.




About Cochise County Arizona!

When you think about the Old West you think about Cochise County. Located in Southeast Arizona, Cochise County is home to some of the most scenic country in America. The Chiricahua National Park located in Eastern Cochise County is sometimes called the land of the standing rocks. The Chiricahua Mountains along with the Dragoon Mountains and Cochise Stronghold was a favorite hiding place for Apache Indians including Geronimo and Cochise.

Tombstone is probably the most famous of the local towns. It was founded around 1877. Silver mining was the beginning of Tombstone and all the history that follows. Some of the most famous characters in and around Tombstone were Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp and his brothers. The Gunfight at the O K Corral is one of the most famous talked about tales of the area. Today Tombstone is mining the Tourist trade.



Cochise County is home to approximately 142,000 people.

Cochise County is served by the main line of Union Pacific Railroad running from New Mexico West through Bowie, Willcox and Benson on to Tucson and the West Coast. The San Pedro & Southwest Railroad serves the local businesses in Benson and Willcox. The Eastern Arizona Railroad connects freight from the Bowie/San Simon area to Safford, Globe and the Copper mines located in that area of Eastern Arizona.

Interstate 10 follows the same route as the railroad making the County a major transportation center for products moving across Arizona East and West also to markets in Mexico. US/80 going south from Benson connects Interstate 10 to Tombstone, Bisbee and Douglas. US 191 between Benson and Willcox carries traffic and commerce from Interstate 10 South to the Port of Douglas.

Cochise County has two main ports of entry into Mexico. The port of Douglas is growing and soon will be a major port of entry for trade with Mexico. The port in Naco, just South of Bisbee is a major crossing for products and service from the Copper mine in Cananea, Mexico.

The US Army post of Fort Huachuca is the largest employer in the County. Located next to the City of Sierra Vista, the Fort is home to approximately 6000 active duty soldiers. The Fort was established around 1877 to protect the travelers and settlers in Southeast Arizona. The Fort provides approximately $2.5 Billion to the local economy.