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Rose Tree Inn


The Rose Tree Inn in 1937

Photo, 1937, by Frederick D. Nichols.

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Rose Tree Inn Museum

The Rose Tree Museum 2007, David Alexander.

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The Rose Tree Inn, one of the first adobe buildings constructed in Tombstone, was built by A.C. and Alice Robertson in 1880 for the use of offices and a boarding house for the Vizina Mining Company. In 1885, a newly married couple from Scotland, Henry and Mary Gee, lived in the boarding house. While Henry, a mining engineer was away at work, Mary spent her time mostly being homesick for her native Scotland. However, she did make one friend, the caretaker at the Rose Tree Inn, one Amelia Adamson.




When Henry and Mary built a permanent home, Mary’s family sent her a box of  plant cuttings from her native home, including a white Lady Banksias Rose. After planting several in her yard, she gave a cutting of the rose to her friend Amelia at the Rose Tree Inn. Together, they planted the cutting on the patio and despite the desert heat, it began to thrive.

When the Vizina Mine shut down, the building, with its rose bush in the back, became a hotel and in 1930, Ethel Macia, the daughter of original builders, A.C. and Alice Robertson took over the inn. By this time, the rose bush, so out of place in the Arizona desert, had grown to a "rose tree,” and was soon hailed as "The World's Largest Rose" by an entertaining Robert Ripley.

Today, the building, still owned by the Macia family, serves as a small museum. In back, the Rose Tree now covers an area of over 8,000 square feet, and holds the title of the world’s largest rose tree in the Guinness Book Of World Records. The museum also holds a number of historic artifacts and mining displays. Located at 4th and Toughnut streets, the museum is open daily, admission charged. For more information see the Rose Tree Museum Website.



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©Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated August, 2015.

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