View From the Eagle's Nest In Jerome Arizona
A view from the Eagle's nest in Jerome looking back across the valley at the Cliffs of Sedona
If this doesn't strike a chord of magic in you . Then I don't know what to say. This is certainly one of the reasons why many of us choose to live in the Jerome, high above the Verde Valley. Although evolving rapidly, the town changes much more slowly then the rest of the world. There will never be any type of chain store here. However, I must admit that there use to be a J.C. Penny's and a Safeway. But today there are very strict codes because the town is a National Historic Landmark. It would be nice if they would allow a grocery store and gas station back in. But the drive down the mountain for supplies is always a pleasure and a feast for the eyes.
Here is another perspective the town today.
What is the town like today? Is it worth taking the time to visit? The answer is a resounding yes! It is an enchanting town, and a photographer's paradise. From its external appearances it hasn't changed much in nearly 100 years. Many of the buildings used by present-day business folks are those built after the fires of 1894 and 1899. A number of the buildings have been restored and more are planned for restoration. Due to the 30-degree incline of the mountainside, gravity has pulled a number of buildings down the slope. To the delight of some, one of those buildings was the town's jail. Those buildings still standing make for interesting visiting and with a little research you can find their historical significance. One notable section is the "Cribs District." You will find this area across the street from the English Kitchen, in a back alley where all the buildings were are part of the town's ill-famed "prostitution row."
A World-Class Mine Museum in a Ghost Town Setting
A further attraction to visitors and photographers alike is the Gold King Mine. Today, the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town is what was originally Haynes, Arizona. Situated about one mile north, Haynes was a bustling suburb of Jerome in 1890. The Haynes Copper Company dug a 1200-foot shaft in search of copper, but hit gold instead. This tumble-down community has a petting zoo, a walk-in mine, demonstrations of antique mining equipment, the world's largest gas engines, an authentic 1901 blacksmith shop, a 19th-century sawmill and a billion-dollar view of the Verde Valley within a ghost town setting. here are seven bed and breakfasts , nine eating establishments and the renovated hospital. When we visited we had a hearty lunch at 'The Palace / Haunted Hamburger.' They are always busy, so expect to wait.
There are two museums: The Douglas Mansion and the Historical Mine Museum on Main Street. There are also four art galleries, three parks, an Archive Research Center, a Chamber of Commerce and a US Post Office.
Other Scenic Attractions in the Verde Valley Area
The city and the Verde Valley are surrounded by the Prescott and Coconino National Forests. Periodically camping is 'off limits' due to extreme dry or wet conditions. Always check ahead of your proposed camping days by calling the Prescott or Coconino Forest Service. Howard A Sheldon
405 W. Yuma
Cottonwood, Az 86326