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Mining Towns, Jerome, Arizona

Jerome is an awesome mining town with a good amount of places to explore. There are tons of ruins and mines throughout the area; most on private property. The town is built on a steep mountain side so be sure to have lots of energy and warm clothes. The few times we visited the wind was blowing extremely hard at around 20-40 mph.

A mining camp 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.

GPS Directions
Location Data
Date: 01.05.2011
Temp: 52°
Elevation: 4,925 ft
Latitude: 34.748903
Longitude: -112.114042

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