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Feb 28, 2013 - Jerome, AZ and Gold King Mine

Day 45/46 (am temps 50.2/20.3) Jerome, AZ and Gold King Mine (alias Junkies dream yard!) Yesterday was pretty much a travel day, arriving near Cottonwood, so not much to report on other than a couple of brief observations. 1) the desert is still an intriguing place to travel through, and a fair amount of the landscape yesterday was saguaro country north of Phoenix. 2) traveling northward, I came upon a sign reading “entering Prescott National Forest”. I found it interesting that nary a tree was in sight!. Today - A step back in time. My...

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Oct 15, 2012 - Jerome and Tuzigoot

Our special friends, Len and Nancy, joined us at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on Sunday. We drove back up to Jerome and started our visit at the Jerome State Park museum, which is in the Douglas Mansion of the mining era. It contains a rich collection of artifacts and a wonderful movie depicting the life and times of Jerome. We enjoyed a great lunch at Grapes. We were eager to return to the glass blowing studio situated in a ramshackle shell of a building which we had seen by night on our previous visit. We arrived just in time to see the...

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Oct 12, 2012 - Jerome and beyond to Prescott

Our day started in Jerome - an old mining town on the slopes of Cleopatra Hill. At its heyday Jerome had a population of 15,000. That's hard to imagine when you see this town precariously nestled on the slopes at 5,200 feet. After the mines closed down, the town was left with just 100 people and moved into a number of years of ghost town attributes, crime, and despair. It's now a tourist destination with a strong artist community, wonderful restaurants, and historical buildings. These are some pictures of the city of Jerome from our...

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Jun 19, 2012 - Day 44 Jerome AZ

day 41 to jerome, look at the photos and see how this town in on a hill overlooking the valley below like steps... now this is our kinda "old" town, much like it was years ago... while it is a "tourist shopping" town now, they have not changed the old buildings as was done in sedona. shopping in sedona, you may as well go you your local shopping area where today's shopping malls or strip malls are built much in the same old "tex-mex" style, not so in jerome and what we really like best it that their bumper stickers' letters for JEROME are...

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Jun 13, 2012 - Continued

Jerome was still a ghost town last time I drove though -- maybe five people in all lived in the old copper mining town. Today there are artists, art studios, art shops and black leather-clad motorcyclists. This is also where we hit the 116 degrees so motored, slowly, up the narrow winding main street hoping the motor wouldn't overheat. Out on highway 89 again, we stopped a couple of times to let Moon Dance catch her breath and cool down a bit. (to be continued again)

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Apr 18, 2012 - Jerome, Arizona

Our friends, Donna and Ray Mattox, drove us over to Jerome, AZ for a little sightseeing. Jerome bills itself as "America's Most Vertical City" and "the Largest Ghost Town in America." From the City's website, "Located high on top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) between Prescott and Flagstaff is the historic copper mining town of Jerome, Arizona. Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community. Four disastrous fires destroyed large sections of the...

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Where RV Going Next?

Nov 12, 2009 - Jerome, AZ

We went to see Montezuma's Castle Nat'l Monument this AM. This was the home of some Native Americans many years ago. The cliff dwellings are very well preserved. We then took a very nice ride out in the country side today and found the town of Jerome. It was an old Gold mining town. It was built on the very steep side of a mountain. I think you should have one leg shorter than the other to get around the town. We had lunch in the Jerome Palace-home of the "Haunted Hamburger", one of the best hamburgers I have had in a very long time. The...

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Jun 21, 2009 - Jeremy's Visit - Part 3, Near Sedona, AZ

So far Jeremy had seen Las Vegas, Williams and the Grand Canyon, and on Tuesday we moved to Cottonwood, AZ which is about 25 miles south of Sedona. It’s also near the historic towns of Jerome and Camp Verde. Jeremy would only have one day here so we let him pick where he wanted to spend it. Jerome was advertised as a ghost town, a mile high with a 50-mile view, so that’s where we headed. It was a short drive up the mountain and was not at all what we expected. The articles and pictures made it seem better than it actually was. The streets...

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Freebirds

May 5, 2009 - Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona & Jerome

Today we took another side trip from Flagstaff and drove south to Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona and Jerome, AZ. Oak Creek Canyon is beautiful. The red shale rocks throughout the drive are so vivld and colorful. Sedona is at the south end of the Oak Creek Canyon. What a beautiful little town - a very arty community. The views of the mountains from town were to die for. We stopped at a Cold Stone Creamery to have an ice cream break before continuing on to Jerome. Jerome is an old copper mining town up in the mountains, frozen in the past with...

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NM AZ - Spring 2009

Apr 2, 2009 - Jerome & Camp Verde

Spent another great day just cruising around and seeing "stuff". First visit was to a mining community named Jerome. It's a testament to determination. The town is built on the side of a mountain, and many of the houses had half of them on stilts, and half dug into a mountainside. Unfortunately, the State Park has been closed due to budget restrictions, so we didn't see the museum part. Did get a couple of pics of the machinery, from outside the fence. Most of the buildings on the main streets seem to be the originals (1865 or so),...

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Feb 5, 2009 - Tuzigoot and Jerome

We woke up to another sunny morning and decided to have our breakfast on the deck. By 11 a.m. we were on our way to Tuzigoot National Monument. This is a remnant of a Sinagua village built between 1125 and 1400. The artifacts that have been recovered were on display in the museum and they were fascinating. I wish I could tell you all that we learned about these Native Americans and their mysterious disappearance but honestly it would end up being a long history lesson. From Tuzigoot - which is Apache for "crooked water" - we drove to the...

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Dec 9, 2008 - Tuzigoot and Jerome

Today we visited another Southern Sinagua village called Tuzigoot (Apache for “Crooked water”). This village was built between 1125 and 1400 and crowns the summit of a long ridge that rises 120 feet above the Verde Valley. The original pueblo was two storey high with 77 rooms. Entry was by ladders. They believe the village began with about 50 people and then the population doubled in the 1200s and then doubled again as refugee farmers, fleeing drought in outlaying areas, settled here. In the afternoon we visited the old mining town of...

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