In northern Arizona, a mile-high from the Verde Valley is a unique town perched on the side of a mountain. Jerome is a National Historic Landmark. In the 1890s-1950s, it was a prolific copper mining town. It also had a notorious reputation during the 1920s for hiding bandits and flaunting prostitutes. Today, it’s home-sweet-home for Easy Rider retirees and those who believe in the magic power of crystals. It’s also home to exceptional artists specializing in pottery, painting, sculpting, and photography.
Want to play tourist with me and walk up the streets to the top of the mountain?
Jerome’s funky personality is on display upon every sign and through the windows of quirky boutiques and friendly Arizona wine galleries.
I like to put money in the jukebox, drink beer, and shoot pool at Paul and Jerry’s saloon. Only 50 cents a game.
Up we go!
The Grand Hotel is lovingly restored and spooky. The establishment is very proud of its ghosts. It was an old hospital converted into guest rooms. The Asylum Restaurant has an impressive antique bar and plush restaurant. There are the mile-high views!
The Douglas Mansion has been transformed into a museum and is an excellent place to learn about Jerome’s copper mining history.
Walking back down, we can cut through the center park in front of the Hotel Connor.
I live four miles below Jerome. Looking up at Jerome at night, the town sparkles. There’s always local music, and the air is dry and comfortable. I have lived in Arizona for a year! The big sky is something to behold.
Want more information on Jerome? Check out: http://www.azjerome.com/