Beautiful Scenery along the way
In a nutshell
Well worth a visit if combined with Sedona and the Grand Canyon.
Meet the Locals
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.
Mine Museum Prostitution
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...
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"...
Laura Williams Park
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 Apartment Building
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...
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...
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....
Ghost City Inn
2 Reviews and 123 Opinions I recommend the Ghost City Inn very highly. A very historic place. She fixes a Fantastic breakfast...
The Haunted Hamburger: Hauntingly good Burgers
No trip to Jerome is complete without a stop at The Haunted Hamburger. The menu is great as is the service. The history of the location as a rooming house complete with haunting spirits. We didn't see/hear any on our trip but I can imagine any building 100+ years old has...
Red Rooster Cafe: More Food and History
I heard the food at the Red Rooster Cafe was 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...
Paul and Jerry's Saloon: Cowboy Saloon With a History
Paul and Jerry's Saloon was established as the Senate Saloon in 1899. It was sold not long after that and has been run by the same family since then. It has a long marble topped bar along one wall with a great backbar. There is a jukebox and a piano for music and a small...
The Bar at the Connor Hotel: Bar
There is not much of a 'night life' in Jerome. Since there are only 300-500 residents of Jerome, the majority of the town is catered to visitors, and the majority of visitors are there during the day. The only place where I noticed any people hanging out after dinner was at...
transient_wanderer 14 reviews
If it's your first time to Jerome, I don't recommend getting there after dark. You have to go around lots of curves on your way up the mountain, and if you can't see anything, there is nothing preventing you from driving off the side.
Once you're in Jerome and settled, it's best to just walk to wherever you're going. Nothing is that far away.
Written Oct 8, 2004
Adorn Collection: Unique and local gifts
The brightly colored Indian blankets caught our eye, but the store has much much more. Jewlery, leather hand bags, locally crafted items and paintings are among the many items to choose from most with excellent prices.
From a few cents to thousands for some of the art.
Raku Gallery: Buying Fine Arts
There are several galleries for art, sculpture, jewelry and other artistic items in Jerome. One of the best places to shop for fine arts is the Raku Gallery. They are open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, and are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Another place to try is...
Don't Sneeze While Driving!
Jerome, Arizona is NOT, I repeat NOT suitable for people who are even slightly afraid of heights.
I've been from one end of Arizona to the other and one thing that freaks me out everytime is the astonishing lack of GUARD RAILS on the windy, mountainous road! If you were driving and were to hiccup, sneeze, or take your eyes away from the road for even an instant - you could find yourself hurdling over a cliff.
The twists and turns going into and out of Jerome (approx. elevation level of 7,000 feet) are plentiful and quick. There is rarely a place to pull over on the road if you have to pee, change a flat, etc. So come prepared. We never had the opportunity to walk the streets - but it does look like a kick-butt place to visit with little gift shops and such.
If going, definately travel during daylight only. See how dark it is in my picture? See the white fuzzy haze in the mountains? That's not fog - those are clouds! Yes, Jerome is up that high... plus, just because this is Arizona - don't forget northern Arizona does get snow. This picture was taken January 28th, 2005 at approx. 4pm... gets dark quick and you don't want to drive on these roads in those conditions.
And lastly, I say this with some humor and with some seriousness - who's bright idea was it to build houses on stilts into a 30' angle into the mountain? Are you nuts? lol... Visit Jerome and judge for yourself if you would park your car on stilts made of not much more than twigs 7000 feet up! Happy traveling!
Updated Feb 6, 2005
The Verde Valley
As we drove from Sedona to Phoenix, we took a sidetrip to Jerome, Arizona and through the lush Verde Valley. This area is about 90 miles from Phoenix and about 50 miles from Flagstaff.
The Verde River cuts through the valley and a sightseeing train allows one to view it's secrets by rail. You'll find national forests, where hiking, camping and fishing are popular pastimes.
The view of the Verde Valley from atop Cleopatra Mountain was breathtaking! The town of Jerome crowns its heights. To see Verde Valley, you can reach it easily off I-17.
Updated May 22, 2007
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The Jerome Historical Society put a lot of time, effort, and money into installing historic plaques at all points of interest in town. Here is one of them.
Having a drink in Paul & Jerry's Saloon and talking with Jerry (although Cheryl at the Haunted Hamburger was cuter).
The Connor Hotel
This unique building perched on the corner of main street is the Connor Hotel , which has been operating since 1898. According to information provided by its website, it offers twelve historic rooms that have been renovated 'to the highest standards of comfort and...
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