Last week, my brother Todd and I traveled to Arizona to spend a week with our father. It was a well-deserved break for both of us, not to mention perfect weather for the entire trip — sunny, clear skies, 70s and 80s! We had a fun-filled week, including our trip to Jerome, AZ. Our Dad was kind enough to drive two hours (one way!) outside of Phoenix to the artist community of Jerome in the Verde Valley.
Jerome is on the side of a mountain and used to be an old copper mining town from the late 1800s to early 1900s. It was funny to see how many historical placards around town were dedicated to “Husband Alley” and the prostitutes that resided there. When copper prices went bust in the 1920s, Jerome was deserted and became a true Ghost Town. Unfortunately I didn’t encounter any ghosts, but the town hall is nicknamed “Spook Hall” for a reason. It wasn’t until the 1950s when artists/hippies moved into Jerome and restored all the old buildings to house their studios. That leads us to Jerome today, filled with studios, gift shops, restaurants, historical society and a cinema museum. Below is my documentation of Jerome.
The million dollar view from Jerome, AZ. You can see the red rock of Sedona and some snow-peaked mountains in the distance.
Jerome’s ladies of the night.
For a good time…