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Jerome, AZ is a historic ghost town of the old west. Jerome is high on the side of the mountains bordering the southwest edge of the Verde Valley over riche ore deposits.
In 1583-1898 Spanish exploreres first used these deposits and by 1876 mining claims and a mill were located near the present site of the town called Jerome.
Jerome was built on the most level spot on Cleopatra Hill. In 1900, Jerome was the fourth-largest city in the Arizona Territory. It was Arizona's most famous copper town.
In 1894, after a severe fire, the mine, which had been producing an astonishing 3 million pounds of copper per month, could no longer be worked by underground methods and a change to open pit mining took place.
When the mines closed, Jerome's population of 15'000 dwindled to just a few hardy souls. The town has since been reborn as a thriving mecca for artists, retirees and tourists.
It is a quirky little town, full of interesting little shops and restaurants. It is a must-visit if you are visiting Sedona or the Verde Valley area, as it is a short drive from those locations!