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  • I was working at Tucson Medical Center and my very first date in Arizona was this guy who brought me to Bisbee for the day. And I came through that tunnel and I looked out to the left where you start seeing this little town and I fell in love right away.

    I spent the next seven years trying to figure out how to get here, but I was an ICU nurse. The major ICU’s were in Tucson and in that time I was married, had a baby, divorced and then finally another boyfriend, after my divorce, got a job as a public defender here.

    I remember he said, “I’m applying in this little town called Bisbee. If I get a job will you come here?”
    And I was like, “Absolutely!” So I moved down here and then he dumped me and I’m still here.

    And I will stay here until I die. I love this place, it’s my home.

    I don’t think I want people to know how wonderful it is because I don’t want more people to come here. It was the same way I felt when I moved to Arizona. Once I moved to Arizona, I didn’t want anyone else to come because I saw the population and traffic increase when I lived in Tucson. So I don’t know…maybe we should keep it a secret.

    Allison McLeod
    Local documentary, healthcare activist and nurse practitioner
    Lives in: Bisbee, Arizona (pop. 5,498)
    Originally from: White Gate, Virginia

    This story is one of many collected around "The One Thing" that makes people stay, return or leave their small town.
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