Jerome Arizona … Western Wonder
TOO STRONG TO DIE
THE FIRST MINING CLAIMS WERE FILED IN 1876. WITHIN 20 YEARS JEROME WAS A BILLION DOLLAR COPPER MECCA AND ONE OF THE WILDEST, WICKEDEST MINING TOWNS IN THE WEST. DRINKING, GAMBLING, BRAWLS AND FROLICKING WITH LADIES OF THE NIGHT OCCURRED AROUND-THE-CLOCK IN TWO DOZEN MAGNIFICENT SALOONS. BY THE TIME MINING SHUT DOWN IN 1952, ENOUGH COPPER HAD BEEN PRODUCED TO PUT 13 POUNDS IN THE HANDS OF EVERY CITIZEN IN THE WORLD. GOLD AND SILVER PRODUCTION COVERED MINING EXPENSES. THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, JEROME BECAME ONE OF THE WEST’SMOST CELEBRATED ‘GHOST TOWNS’. ALTHOUGH THIS IMAGE PERSISTED INTO THE 1970’S, JEROME’S POPULATION GREWIN THE 1960’S. BUILDINGS BEGAN TO BE RESTORED TO THEIR GRACEFUL PRE=1953 CONDITIONS, AND IN 1970 JEROME WAS DESIGNATED A NATIONAL LANDMARK. TODAY, JEROME IS AN ARTS ORIENTED VILLAGE OF 500. A MILLION TOURIST A YEAR STROLL IT’S TWISTED STREETS AND GAPE AT THE 100-MILE VIEWS. WITH ITS RICH HISTORY AND TENACIOUS CITIZENS
JEROME IS A TOWN TO STRONG TO DIE.
DEDICATED APRIL 8, 1995
LOST DUTCHMAN CHAPTER 5917
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Jerome Grand Hotel
Former Hospital and Asylum – rumoured (by many) to be haunted.
Modern day Jerome is pleasant surprise. We spent the whole day there and didn’t see everything. Several excellent restaurants and art galleries among the usual tourist trappings.
Jerome has a lot of history and stories to tell. Wish I had more time and space.
Curiously, I had passed through Jerome back in the 70’s on my way to California. I had no time but to glance about before moving along. This was my infamous blunder of trying to cross the Mojave Desert in daytime without and air conditioning. Barely made it.
Anyway … a very interesting place. Recommended.