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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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