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UploadedFebruary 4, 2012
TakenNovember 7, 2011
Exposure1/125 sec at f/8
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Focal Length37 mm

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Jerome, Arizona

On our JPG Phoenix meet up we were fortunate to visit this town of Jerome. We stopped by for lunch on our way to the Grand Canyon. It was snowing but the skies cleared up, we must have brought sunshine with us.We had lunch at Haunted Hamburger, the best hamburger I have ever tasted! Yummy. No, I did not have margarita, but I think someone did. :-).

Here is a brief history of the town from Wikiepedia.

A mining town named Jerome was established on the side of Cleopatra Hill in 1883. It was named for Eugene Murray Jerome, a New York investor who owned the mineral rights and financed mining there. Eugene Jerome never visited his namesake town. Jerome was incorporated as a town on 8 March 1889. Local merchant and rancher William Munds was the first mayor. The town housed the workers in the nearby United Verde Mine, which was to produce over 1 billion dollars in copper, gold and silver over the next 70 years.
Jerome became a notorious "wild west" town, a hotbed of prostitution, gambling, and vice. On 5 February 1903, the New York Sun proclaimed Jerome to be "the wickedest town in the West".
In 1915 the population of Jerome was estimated at 2,500.

Today Jerome is a tourist destination, with many abandoned and refurbished buildings from its boom town days. Jerome has a large mining museum, presenting the town history, labor-management disputes, geological structure models, mineral samples, and equipment used in both underground and open-pit mining. The National Historic Landmark designation has assured architectural preservation in this town, a mile high on the side of Mingus Mountain.

thank you for the spotlight, Dix (RK)

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  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    Probably because so many Republicans live there...

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    Excellent shot! All I remember is windy, cold and snowy. How did you manage to call down a simple "overcast" day? ☺

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    Don, I think you are right! We never snow in California, so snow is a welcome sight for me, LOL! Also, I only remembersthe bright days, hahahaha. No sign of snow here though.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    This was a fun place to visit and the Haunted Hamburger had excellent food!!! I remember the short snowfall and how a bunch of us, especially the ones of us that rarely see snow, had our cameras in the windows shooting away to capture the snow. I hope to get back there again some day and revisit everywhere that we went on that fabulous meet-up. A big thank you to Mary Brown for hosting such a wonderful, interesting and fun filled meet-up. Litz, I really enjoyed getting to meet you and the others, we are forever friends.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    Yes, I remember Dawn collapsing from excitement (lower left). No wonder. I was guiding the tour! LOL. Wonderful memories, LG. Dix

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    I loved this town and wish we could have stayed longer. Great shot Litz.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    Wow! Great shot, Litz!! And thank you for the wonderful narrative, too! Jerome really was a great town, and I'm so glad we got the opportunity to visit. I loved that town....the snow, not so much!! LOL

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (5 Feb 2012):


  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    Excellent shot, interesting as well !

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Great scenery and wonderful narrative LG ☺

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