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Jerome, Arizona, a Town Reborn

A June 2002 trip to Jerome by mag&dick

The Winding Road Up to Jerome, AZ Photo, Jerome, Arizona More Photos
Quote: In its first heydey, Jerome was a wild copper mining town, with saloons and "houses of ill repute." Today it has been reborn as a tourist destination that combines history, the arts, and a sense of fun. Jerome is two hours from Phoenix and close to Prescott and Sedona, Arizona.

Jerome, Arizona, a Town Reborn

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Overview

The Winding Road Up to Jerome, AZ Photo, Jerome, Arizona
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The road into Jerome winds up and zigs zags across a mountain. The town itself is built into the side of the hill, because it used to be a copper mining town, and under the hill is where the mines were. The town was famous as a wild and raucous place, but the mines went bust and eventually the town was deserted. Restored and renovated bungalows line the streets as you come into town. The town itself is not very large, but is packed with lovely galleries and shops. This is because the state of AZ practically gave away the land to anyone who would fix up the buildings, and artists and artisans took advantage of the opportunity, giving the town its second life. The best things to d...Read More

Jerome Brewery

Restaurant | "The Jerome Brewery"

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This is a nice place to stop on a hot afternoon when your legs are tired from walking up and down the streets of town. They serve gourmet deli sandwiches, pizza, and salads, all of which are good. There is an upstairs dining room with a nice view. It is located in the old Fire House.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2003

Jerome Brewery
111 Main Street
Jerome, Arizona 86331
(928) 639-8477

The English Kitchen

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Restaurant

The English Kitchen Photo, Jerome, Arizona
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The English Kitchen is located on a sharp corner in Jerome. It is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the state of Arizona. In its early days, it was owned by a Chinese immigrant, and it served the miners and other workers in the town. Today, it maintains a cozy atmosphere and a spectacular view of the Verde Valley, clear across to Sedona. Inside, there is a long sandwich bar with stools on one side and booths on the other, a kind of cozy diner feeling. There is an outdoor screened-in area, and an outdoor patio area. The patio tables have brightly colored umbrellas. If it's a nice day, which it usually is in Arizona, eat outside so that you can enjoy the magnicifent view. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2003

The English Kitchen
119 Jerome Avenue
Jerome, Arizona 86331
(928) 634-2132

Verde Canyon Railroad

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Attraction

Verde Canyon Railroad Photo, Jerome, Arizona
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You'll board a train car that has inside seating and a covered outdoor car. Once the train is underway, you'll want to get outside to the open car so you can breathe the fresh air and see everything without glass in front of it. On the journey into the canyon, your car host will provide information about the geography and environment. In at least two places, they will point out eagle nests and if you are lucky you will see the eagles. They point out rock formations that look like elephants and other things. The train runs alongside the Verde River, which has never gone dry. The river basin and the canyon walls change appearance and color along the way. Eventually, you reach the end ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2003

Verde Canyon Railroad
300 North Broadway
Clarkdale, Arizona 86324
(800) 582-7245

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There is a restored mansion (the Douglas Mansion) that houses many photographs and artifacts from the copper mining days. There is antique mining equipment, and a model of the town and its underground mines. There is also a video presentation, narrated by the mine's "ghost". It's fun and informative to learn the history of the town, the mining boom that created it, and the bust that put it out of business.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2003

Jerome State Historic Park
Route 89A
Jerome, Arizona

Montezuma Well

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Attraction

Montezuma Well Photo, Camp Verde, Arizona
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Montezuma Well is one of the coolest and most peaceful places I've ever been. It is off I-17, near Jerome and Sedona. The well is a perfectly round pool of water that is fed but they can't really find the source of it! The Sinagua Indians thought this would be a neat place to live, because cliffs surround the well, and they could build their dwellings into the cliff walls, which would protect them from attack. They could farm the land at the top of the cliffs, and get water from the well. Perfect! The ruins of the Indian dwellings can still be seen, but now you can't go in them because there have been too many hands touching them over the years. However, you can walk down a trail th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2003

Montezuma Well
Off I-17
Camp Verde, Arizona
(928) 567-3322

Montezuma Castle

Attraction

Montezuma Castle Photo, Camp Verde, Arizona
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As they like to tell you at the Montezuma Castle Visitor Center, "It isn't a castle, and Montezuma never came here." But it's still very impressive! Montezuma Castle is a Singua Indian ruin built into the cliffs above the Verde River. It is off I-17, near Jerome and Sedona. From the visitor center, you follow a wide paved trail into the park, and suddenly the cliff dwellings come into view. It takes your breath away. The Indians built their dwellings high up to protect themselves from attack and also from the river flooding. The river basin was a fertile place for farming. The cliff dwelling is especially impressive because it is so large--five stories high. The Sinaguas my...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2003

Montezuma Castle
Off I-17, Exit 289
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 567-3322