While Sedona is the spot for mountain biking, hiking, and charging your crystals. Sedona has never been a fun place to crush an evening with friends.
Here we are tackling this ghostly town
IF Jerome IS A GHOST TOWN THEN SEDONA IS A CEMETERY
Dubbed “America’s most vertical city” and “largest ghost town in America,” this hilly city is a unique and fun destination.
The first time we stumbled upon this hillside gem I kept thinking holy crap this place is sick. The one thing I love most about this area is how quickly the landscape can change.
In just minutes you can go from high dessert coniferous forests to red rock as far as the eye can see
While cruising the hilly country side it was as if we’d been transported to some Mediterranean hillside town like Positano Italy. The old buildings, sidewalks, stairs, and switch-back roads felt out of this world.
Despite the ghostly reputation, the town was alive with people, art, and culture – as well as live music, restaurants, and taverns that felt like they had stopped in time. The relics from the earlier days were everywhere and you can’t help but feel like you went back in time.
Jerome Arizona HISTORY
Perched up high on top of Cleopatra
Americans, Mexicans, Italians, Croatians, Irish, Spaniards, and Chinese made the mining camp a rich and diverse culture. This mining boom town was the talk of the west as billions of dollars worth of copper was brought to the surface.
As people flocked to the area to get a piece of the pie an incredibly diverse and rich culture was planted on this desolate hillside.
The mine used dynamite which rattled the hills and cracked buildings. So much so that the sliding jail moved 225 ft. and now rests across the road from
Today the city is booming once again. Rich with artists, musicians, writers, and families that make up this thriving hillside community.
Want more information about Jerome’s haunted history check out this book. The Authors Patricia S. Jacobson and Midge Steuber have lived in Jerome for a combined fifty-six years.
Jacobson, originally from Chicago, was the director of the Verde Valley Art Association and has conducted both historical tours and paranormal investigations in the area.
Steuber has a background in psychology, although she has worked in many fields. Originally a nonbeliever in ghosts, she now knows there’s definitely something going on in Jerome.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
1. HISTORIC state PARK
The best place to start is at the Historic State Park located inside the old Douglas Mansion. The museum is the perfect starting point
Just outside the mansion be sure to visit the Audrey Headframe Park. Open from 8-5, you can stand on a glass floor above the massive
The 1900 foot mine shaft
2. CLEOPATRA HILL LOOKOUT
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3. BARTLETT HOTEL
The original hotel that occupied this spot was the Grandview Hotel which was built in 1895. This high-society club and dancehall was destroyed in a massive city fire of 1898.
Within the hollowed grounds of the abandoned hotel are remnants of what once was. A little ghostly, spooky, or perhaps even haunted. You’ll have to see for yourself.
4. SPIRIT ROOM AT HOTEL CONNOR
Hotel Connor was fortunate enough to have insurance so it was one of the first buildings to be rebuilt. As the mines began to run dry Hotel Connor closed its doors in 1931.
When we got to town the Spirit Room was overflowing with people as a live band churned out some country western music. We couldn’t help ourselves and ended up closing out the night there. It was a blast.
5. WINDOW SHOPPING
6. WICKED CITY TAP HOUSE
All sorts of ghosts here
7. ASYLUM RESTAURANT
On your way up the
8. GOLD KING MINE AND GHOST TOWN
9. The SLIDING JAIL
When town was booming with over 15,000 people, mixed with booze and the rough crowd of miners, this jail was a busy spot.
Ghosts Towns of the West is filled with photographs, maps, history, and detailed directions to find the best ghost towns to linger in the wake of the Old West.
Ghost Towns of the West blazes a trail through the dusty crossroads and mossy cemeteries of the American West, including one-time boomtowns in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The book reveals the little-known stories of long-dead soldiers, indigenous peoples, settlers, farmers, and miners.
Perfect for planning a road trip, each section covers a geographic area and town entries are arranged by location to make this the most user-friendly book on ghost towns west of the Mississippi.
The best RESTAURANTS
Terrific food has become the norm here. From quick bites to fine dinning you won’t be
Haunted Hamburger is a fun and good place to grab a bite to eat. With plenty of outdoor seating and tremendous views, it’s a fun place
GRAPES RESTAURANT AND BAR
MILE HIGH GRILL AND INN
BOBBY D’S BBQ
Like I mentioned earlier, Jerome is our new favorite place to stay when visiting the Sedona area. We found
MILE HIGH INN
GHOST CITY INN
JEROME GRAND HOTEL
We visited in the off-season, dead of winter, and were able to park right in town in the public parking area. While there were “no overnight parking” signs, the locals said not to worry in the off-season.
I can only imagine how cramped this town must get come peak season and there’s no doubt you couldn’t get away with it like we did. Towards the Gold King M
Jerome Arizona FAQ
Jerome is 27 miles from Sedona along one of Americas most scenic drives, HWY 89A
What did they mine in Jerome Arizona?
The 80 miles of mine tunnels that sit under Jerome were for mining copper. The mine produced over 3 million pounds per month worth billions of dollars.
What’s the history of Jerome Arizona?
Founded in 1876, Jerome was Arizona’s 4th largest city. At its peak in the 1920s over 15,000 people called Jerome home.