Cochise Hotel

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Cochise Hotel
Cochise Hotel AZ.jpg
The Cochise Hotel in 2013.
Cochise Hotel is located in Arizona
Cochise Hotel
Cochise Hotel is located in the US
Cochise Hotel
Location in the state of Arizona
Location Off U.S. 191 in Cochise, Arizona
Coordinates 32°6′17.36″N 109°55′19.64″W / 32.1048222°N 109.9221222°W / 32.1048222; -109.9221222Coordinates: 32°6′17.36″N 109°55′19.64″W / 32.1048222°N 109.9221222°W / 32.1048222; -109.9221222
Built 1882
Architectural style False front
NRHP Reference # 76000370 [1]
Added to NRHP October 22, 1976

The Cochise Hotel is a historic and until quite recently, functional hotel located in the town of Cochise in southeastern Arizona. The hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 1976.[2]


The hotel was originally built in 1882 by the railroad telegrapher and father of the town of Cochise, John Rath. The hotel was in continuous operation until July 2007, and is now the private residence of Phillip Gessert, who has begun the restoration process. The hotel was built with the purpose of serving railroad crews traveling through the town. The railroad depot, now gone, was located directly across the street.[3]

After its opening in 1882, Rath and the Cochise Hotel served many purposes for the local community. These purposes included serving as the Wells Fargo office, the telegraph office, the community laundry and the local post office beginning in 1896. In 1899, Big Nose Kate, the famed sidekick of Doc Holliday, was hired to work in the hotel after Holliday's death.[4]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Register of Historical Place, ARIZONA(AZ), Cochise County". Retrieved 2006-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Cochise western ghost town". Retrieved 2006-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Big Nose Kate - Doc Holliday's Sidekick - Page 2". Archived from the original on 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2006-12-22. 

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