One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to meet the people who live and work in the town. First we have Cheryl and Sean who work at The Haunted Hamburger. Next is Jerry who owns Paul and Jerry's Saloon, and last but not least is Christine who runs the Mine Museum.
Some old western towns downplay the role prostitution played in their history. Jerome celebrates it and has a large display in the museum about it. If you have ever wondered, the term "Red-light District" originated when railroad men would leave their red lanterns outside brothels so they could be located in times of emergency.
The Mine Museum is located in the old Fashion Saloon Building which was built in 1898. The museum only costs $2 and has a nice set of displays on the history of Jerome. Photo 1 is the outside of the building. Photo 2 shows part of the display concerning James "Rawhide Jimmy" Douglas who helped start Jerome (You can learn much more about the Douglas Family at Jerome State Historic Park). Photo 3 is Jerome during World War II. Photos 4 and 5 are about mining. Christine, one of the ladies in charge is nice.
There is a small park with shaded benches on Main Street that is dedicated to Laura Williams a long time resident of Jerome and one of the founders of the Jerome Historical Society. Williams died in 1982 at the age of 76.
This building has one of the most colorful histories of any in Jerome. It began as Jennie's Place. Jennie Banters was a notorious prostitute in Jerome in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. She opened Jennie's Place. After it was closed down the building was made into the Sullivan Hotel. Today it houses the Nelly Bly and Nelly Bly II a couple of fine art studios.
This building was built in 1917. The bottom floor was the Independent Meat Company and the top three were 9 apartments. There was a shaft built from the meat freezer to the apartments to help cool them in the summer.
Spook Hall was the site of a private residence built in 1898 which burned to the ground shortly after it was built. The present building was built there in 1916. It has been a grage, an addition to a motor company, a J. C. Penney's, and is currently a Community Center. I am not sure how it got the name "Spook" Hall.
This is the building that housed the Pay-n-Takit Safeway Grocery Store one of the first Safeway Stores in the area. Today it houses a nice restaurant called The Red Rooster. I heard the food here is very good. I opted to eat at The Haunted Hamburger so I cannot give a first hand account. I did, however, meet a couple of the workers from the restaurant and they were nice guys. The Red Rooster is open 11 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday and 11AM to 4PM on weekends.
The Powderbox Church was built my the Mexican population in Jerome in 1939 because they were not allowed in the White Churches and they needed a place to worship. It was built using leftover boxes from the dynamite and gunpowder used in the area mining operations. Ironically, shortly after the church was built the Mexicans were invited into the other churches. Today the building is a private residence.
This is the New State Motors Company Building which was built in 1920. It now houses the US Post Office for Jerome, along with a trendy restaurant and a souvenir shop. The most interesting thing about the building though is the bottom floor (not visible from Main Street) which was the Women's Jail. It is where any of the prostitutes went if they got in trouble.
This building was first built in 1920 as the Rykoff Apartments. Today it is called The Jerome Palace and house a small convenience store and a restaurant called The Haunted Hamburger. It is located far up Cleopatra Hill on Clark Street and has a nice patio and a large picture window affording a spectacular view of the valley.
One of the earliest jails in Jerome was built toward the bottom of Cleopatra Hill on the edge of town. During the landslides of the 1930s and 1940s the jail became unstable and started to slowly slide down the hill. It is now called the Sliding Jail. The best places to park to tour the Historic District of Jerome are by the jail. In the first picture the jail looks fine; but photos 2 and 3 show the damage caused by the shifting ground.
During the Rough and Tumble Times of Jerome's early days with the mining boom came a very active red-light district and quite a few prostitues. Bordellos were located mostly on Hull Avenue including "The Cribs" a brick building at the end of an alley leading from Main Street to Hull Avenue. Out of protest of a new law prohibiting bordellos in the downtown area, local residents named this alley "Husbands Alley".
Another interesting building along Main Street is the Historic Hotel Connor which was buily in 1898. It still functions as a hotel and its 12 rooms have been renovated to increase the standards of comfort and convenience, while maintaining their autheniticity with antique furnishings and decor. Each room features a private bathroom, coffemaker, microwave, mini-fridge, television and telephone. They also have a bar inside.
This building was built in the 20s to house the Reese and Amster Garage. The garage sold the Chrysler 40, 50 and 60 cars and the Maxwell. Later it expanded to sell a number of other brands. Next to it was the Wells Farg Office built in 1916. The buildings now house a restaurant and a neat T-Shirt Shop.