The historic Pearce Mercantile building once served as the bustling center of commerce for Cochise County, AZ. In the late 19th century, the structure in Southern Arizona was an indispensable resource to thriving local industries, including mining, ranching, and agriculture.
Now, fresh off a renovation and filled with historic treasures, the property in Pearce is now on the market for $984,000.
When the Mercantile was built by Charles Renaud and the Soto Brothers in 1896, Pearce was a booming gold-mining camp, according to listing agent Pam Sproul.
Nowadays, it’s a sleepy ghost town in a picturesque high desert just southeast of Tucson. The original two-story structure was the largest adobe building in the county, built on a frame of cedar and redwood beams, which are still intact today.
One of the building’s two cellars was used exclusively to store cheese. According to Sproul, Pearce Mercantile was locked in a fierce competition with local rival Dragoon Mercantile to offer the best cheese.
Besides cheddar, the Pearce Mercantile also sold all the essentials for life in the area’s rugged terrain, including lumber, groceries, feed, and dry goods. It also served as the area’s bank.
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Today, the 3,880-square-foot building has been renovated and restored to include a one-bedroom apartment, 2.5 baths, a kitchen, and great room. Outside, there’s a fenced courtyard, porches, and adjoining buildings, including a working blacksmith shop.
Historic documents, antique carriages, furniture, and equipment of all sorts, including all the tools in the blacksmith shop, are included in the price of the property.
Whether reinvented as a vacation destination or used as a personal retreat by a history lover, the building offers possibilities as limitless as the desert sky. This stunning piece of Arizona history simply needs a new author to pen its next chapter.