March 3, 2004
The Mine Museum and shop succeeds entirely because of the determination of Christine Barag, manager and several other local people who give much time and effort to it. Much like other tiny towns, it can measure its visitors in the low thousands per year, but that doesn't mean you should pass it by. Also the shop sells many nice things made of copper. So if you have an interest in copper jewelry or a real copper bracelet to help your ailing joints, for sure this is the place to shop.
Displays include those devoted to the history of the mine, which is now owned by Phelps Dodge, the huge fires that nearly destroyed the mines and the town, and the people who made it all possible. All the displays are low tech, but still extremely interesting. The 'red light' characteristics of the town are mentioned, but politely although the museum is just a few steps from the 'cribs' where the ladies of ill repute did their nightly work. If you can catch a museum volunteer with a few minutes to spare likely you can take home a good story about Jerome at no charge!
This place is well worth a visit and worth your support. Interested citizens of Jerome have kept this town going. I've seen other mining towns of the same era that are true ghost towns now.
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