Ghost Town of Jerome

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Once a bustling mining town with a population of 15,000 people, Jerome is now one of America's largest ghost towns. We made the short drive from Phoenix taking in the picturesque views on the way. One of my favorite drives. 

The town of Jerome is located cliff side; you have sweeping mountain views and you can catch a glimpse of Sedona in the distance. When the Great Depression hit and the gold and copper deposits dried up the residents got out of dodge and the population dwindled to 100. With views like this you would think it would be hot real estate. 

Don't let the population fool you, parking is hard to come by in town. While trying to find a parking spot we noticed signs for Gold King Mine & Ghost Town and decided to check it out. It is $5.00 to enter. It is basically a glorified junk yard. The smell immediately took me back to my childhood when my dad would be working on cars in the barn. There were many antique cars, tools, and memorabilia that kept my attention. 

This was my favorite car. A little paint, a few new tires, a few seats, and a motor and she would be good go. 

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We headed into town which I loved the vibe. Music was spewing out into the streets from the local bars. Quirky shops and wineries lined the streets. (I think there may have only been 2 streets but it was small but mighty.) We planned to eat at the Haunted Hamburger which came recommended but with over an hour wait we passed. The view looked amazing. Jerome is a good quick stop for those making their way north to Flagstaff or Sedona.