Jerome Travel Guide

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  • Jerome
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  • Jerome
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Jerome Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful Scenery along the way 

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     Bikers roaring through! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Well worth a visit if combined with Sedona and the Grand Canyon. 

Jerome Things to Do

  • Lawmen Memorial

    At the base of Upper Park was this memorial to the lawmen who lost their lives in the line of duty in Jerome.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 brothels so they could be located in times of emergency.

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  • Mine Museum

    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...

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  • Upper Park

    The nicest park in Jerome is the Upper Park. It is located along a series of steps between Main Street and Clark Street. It has picnic tables, shaded benches and a playground for the kids.

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  • 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.

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  • Jerome Community Park

    Located between Hull Avenue and Main Street is the Jerome Community Park also known as Middle Park. It has a few picnic tables and places to sit if you are tired from walking the hills of Jerome.

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  • Jerome City Hall

    The Jerome City Hall was built in 1899 and expanded in 1926. Today it houses the Jerome Police Department.

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  • Jennie's Place

    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...

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  • 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.

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  • "Spook Hall"

    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.

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  • Pay-n-Takit Building

    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...

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Jerome Restaurants

  • Mile High Burgers

    While we didn't have time to eat at this location speaking to locals, the claim of the best hamburger in AZ is quite true. I'll save it for the next trip.

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  • 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 some stories to tell. The house burger of course. It was done to perfection...

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  • 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 through Friday and 11AM to 4PM on weekends.

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  • History and Food

    Haunted Hamburger is located in the historic Rykoff Apartments Building built in 1920. It is located far up the hillside on Clark Street and has a nice patio and a large picture window affording a spectacular view of the valley. Food was pretty good and the service was friendly. They also have a full service bar. I had the Fish Fillets and French...

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  • Campy Restaurant

    Stopping a local to ask for the best place to have lunch, we climbed up two street levels to find MILE HIGH Grill and Spirits.The restaurant has a small dining area in which a long counter runs the length of a bar. Upon entering, we saw that only two seats were available. Timing worked in our favor and we grabbed those two spaces.The room was...

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  • Super Views while you dine!

    The Haunted Hamburger has something for everyone...My sister had a super good Burger there and I had a Grilled chicken sandwich with mushrooms and onions and OMG were we blown away! It was all awesome! So far the Grilled chicken sandwich.

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Jerome Nightlife

  • 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 dancefloor. There are also pool tables and dartboards in the back. The current...

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  • 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 the bar attached to the Connor Hotel (sorry, I don't remember what it was...

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Jerome Transportation

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    by transient_wanderer Written Oct 8, 2004

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    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.

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Jerome Shopping

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  • 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.

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  • 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 Nellie Bly's on Main. I would recommend checking out their website. They have a...

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  • Jewelry and Collectibles

    Main Street had art galleries, antique shops and gift shops. Nelly Bly was one of those shops whose front windows beckoned one inside.A unique collection of kaleidoscopes, art glass and games filled the shop. As a child, I loved kaleidoscopes! In no time at all I was peering through the tubes glimpsing wondrous patterns of color. (For more info....

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Jerome Warnings and Dangers

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    Jerome in January

    by lovemycacti Updated Feb 6, 2005

    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!

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Jerome Off The Beaten Path

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    The Verde Valley

    by VeronicaG Updated May 22, 2007

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    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.

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Jerome Favorites

  • Historic Plaques

    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).

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  • 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 convenience".I read that rooms range from $90 to $165 and include a private bathroom,...

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  • Once a Wayward Town

    By all accounts, Jerome had all the feistiness of a wild west town. A plaque says it was 'the wickedest town around', so I guess it's no surprise that it had a brothel or two within the town limits. One account says '100 brothels'.The Old Sullivan Hotel was built by saloonkeeper and madam, Jennie Bauters in 1899. This was part of the 'red light...

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