Jerome Old Mining Town
Jerome , founded in 1876, is an infamous "ghost town" in Arizona with an old west appeal. Located on the side of Cleopatra Hill in the Verde Valley, Jerome was once a booming copper mining town.
Things to do in Jerome
- Douglas Mansion
- Audrey Shaft Headframe
- Jerome Historical Mine Museum
- Sliding Jail
- Stop by the many wineries in town
- See all the historic buildings in downtown
History of Jerome
Visit the Douglas Mansion. A stop at the Douglas Mansion located in the Jerome State Historic Park is a great way to start your visit to Jerome to get an overview of the town.
This park sets below the town and offers fabulous views of Jerome. The Douglas Mansion was built in 1916, for James Douglas who developed the Little Daisy Mine. Stop in and watch the short video, played every half hour, to learn about the history of the town and about the residents who have lived here.
The home is quite impressive for its time, they also have a 3D underground model of the town which is cool to see. The grounds are home to mining equipment. There is a small entry fee for the park.
Right before the entrance to the state park is the Audrey Shaft Headframe Park. Here you can view the largest wooden headframe in Arizona.
Walk around the large mining equipment, and stand on glass above a 1,900 foot shaft. This area is open from 8 am to 5 pm every day is free to the public.
The Jerome Historical Mine Museum, located in downtown Jerome, is a small but impressive museum about early residents of the town, copper mining equipment, saloons, and the red light district.
This museum takes you back in time with staged rooms to show what it was like to live during that time. depicted through memorabilia, newspapers, possessions of early residents.
Historic Jerome Buildings
Jerome is home to a small artistic community. The downtown is home to a variety of shops, saloons, and restaurants with a definite old west flair. This old mining town is home to many historic buildings. Just walking around and seeing the history is an adventure.
The sliding jail is one of the town's original buildings that slid more than 200 feet downhill from its original position. The jail is located on the right side of Hull Avenue and is surrounded by an iron fence.
Jerome is home to many historic buildings. The ruins of the Bartlett Hotel are located on Main Street and was once home to Jerome's longest running newspaper.
You can also visit several wineries in town. If you need a good place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, climb up the stairs to enjoy the playground and grassy park area.
Stop by the Nelly Bly store to see the largest collection of kaleidoscopes.
Directions: From Phoenix take I-17 north for a little over an hour. Turn left off on Exit 287. Follow 260 to 89A for about 30 minutes.
Distance from Phoenix: 2 hours
Website: Town of Jerome