Jerome is a former mining town perched on the side of a mountain overlooking Cottonwood.  It is about 27 miles from Sedona.  Jerome has great shopping, numerous restaurants, great views, a mining museum, an abandoned mine and a personality.  It is always a fun place to visit.  Many people have told me that the “Haunted Burger” has the best hamburgers in the world.  The Asylum Restaurant in the Grand Hotel is known for its extensive selection of fine wines.  The English Kitchen is Arizona’s oldest restaurant.

Mining - mostly for copper - was the primary business of Jerome from 1883 until the mine closed in 1953.  The population peaked at about 15,000 in the twenties and dropped to just 50 residents in the fifties after the mines closed.  The sixties and seventies counter-culture brought artists to Jerome and rescued it from its “Ghost Town” status.  Today Jerome is a thriving artist community with an estimated population of just under 450 residents.

700 Jerome Panorama

700 Jerome Panorama

This view of Jerome only suggests the steepness of the streets and the way that the houses and other buildings hang on the side of the mountain.  Jerome has to be experienced to be appreciated.

701 Connor Hotel Poster Edge

701 Hotel Connor - Poster Edge

An artistic treatment in Photoshop called poster edge was used to enhance the detail in the bricks of the Hotel Connor and this main street scene.

719 Jailed in Jerome

719 Jailed in Jerome

This old Dodge truck has spent many years in this Jerome version of a garage.  Apart from its character and uniqueness, there is no clear indication as to who owns this parking space.  There are houses on the hill above it but no stairs leading down to it.  The only sign of a nearby  residence is a very steep driveway leading down to a house on the opposite side of the street but it is far enough away that there is no clear connection between the two.

703 Closed Gallery

703 Closed Gallery

This closed gallery has a character of its own and I am sure a colorful past.

704 Mercedes Parking Lot

704 Mercedes Parking Lot

Incongruous scenes like this abound in Jerome.

702 Entering Town

702 Entering Town

When you enter Jerome from the Cottonwood side this is the first indication of a “center of town” area.

705 Eclectic Stuff

705 Eclectic Stuff

At times Jerome creates sensory overload.

720 Pachard 180

720 Packard One-Eighty circa 1941

I discovered this well used vehicle in front of the Jerome Grand Hotel.  The vehicle was the apex of luxury and automotive power in 1941.  The One-Eighty was a reference to horsepower. In 1940, Packard discontinued their 12 cylinder luxury model and replaced the engine with this Super Eight 180 HP model.  These same vehicles where also used as limousines with a window separating front from back.

721 Still Standing

721 Still Standing

An interesting wall along a side street in Jerome.

706 Large Cart

706 Large Cart

This cart is just one of the many pieces of mining equipment that you will find all over Jerome.

722 Glass Factory

722 La Victoria Glass Factory

The vertical wall in the center of this image is the front facade of a glass blowing business.

723 La Victoria

723 La Victoria - a Closer View

709 Mile High Grill

709 Mile High Grill & Town Hall

713 Mercedes Carport

713 Mercedes Carport

727 Grand Hotel

727 Grand Hotel - Asylum Restaurant

These stairs lead to Jerome’s famous Asylum Restaurant.  This is fine dining with a view.  The Asylum is known for its extensive wine selection and unique entrees.  It also has a modestly priced lunch menu to satisfy any palette.

728 Grand Hotel Lobby Entrance

728 Grand Hotel Lobby Entrance

Just below the far left of the fourth floor balcony you will see a large spider at the top left corner of the third floor window.  This is one of the frequent reminders all over town of Jerome’s Ghost Town heritage.

708 Small Cart

708 Small Cart

711 Flatiron Cafe

711 Flatiron Cafe

724 Cages

724 Cages

Whenever I visit Jerome, I leave with more things to research.  This is just one example.  What were these cages used for?  My suspicion is that they were storage for mining equipment and supplies.  As soon as I uncover their true history, I will update the website.

725 Cages

725 Cages

716 Wires

716 Wires

I have always been fascinated by the number of wires that connect everything in Jerome.  In this image I sharpened the wires and poles and blurred everything else.  The larger the image the greater the effect.

710 Contacts

710 Contacts

I was never able to surmise the purpose of this piece of mining equipment but am fascinated by the electrical contacts and wiring harness.

726 Gated Doorway

726 Gated Doorway

712 Curio Shop

712 Curio Shop

715 Mining Wagon

715 Mining Wagon

This wagon was used to haul heavy equipment in and out of the mine.  It was pulled by ten to twenty mules and a rope wrapped around a post was slowly let out to control the speed on downward slopes.  The wide metal wheels were designed to spread the weight and prevent sinking into sandy areas.

714 Pillars

714 Pillars

717 Nice House

717 Nice House!!

This large building on the edge of town was once a hotel.  It is now the home of a contractor who renovated it.  I was intrigued by the colorful earth on the slope at the left.

707 Leaving Town

707 Leaving Town

   

Each gallery image on this site has a reference number as well as a name.  By referencing both the name and number, there is less chance of miscommunication - at least with the respect to the image of interest.


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