Ghosts of yesterday, Keep the Dreams of Tomorrow Alive in Jerome

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One gets the sense that the Ghosts of yesterday, Keep the Dreams of Tomorrow Alive in Jerome, Arizona. Sitting at 5000 feet, the small town is literally built into Cleopatra Hill and overlooks the Verde Valley in Northern, Arizona.

The town was once a thriving mining community which excavated gold, silver and copper from the bowels of the earth below it. The community grew quickly as many followed the money to the mountain town. As it goes with many boom towns, history dictates a quick rise and early fall to the community. In the early 1900s, Jerome was a thriving city made up of several churches, hotels, saloons, miscellaneous businesses and gambling halls. At its height, Jerome once supported a population of more than 14,000 residents. Mining operations began to decline in the area in the 1920s and by the 1950’s, no more than 100 individuals called Jerome home.

With conviction a town once dead can discover new life. The fires, sink holes and industrial economic upheaval could not ruin the Town of Jerome, and from the ashes rose an eclectic renaissance where the community now thrives. Tourism, artistic endeavors, and ghost hunting is now the basis of commerce in Jerome.

What is most interesting about Jerome, is that the City does not hide from its tumultuous decline. The remnants of brick buildings once burnt down now serve as landscape for recently completed artwork; their masonry shells protecting and showcasing individual skills of those who now reside in the area. If you’re in the vicinity, it worth visit. If the reported ghosts that haunt the town don’t get you, the winding mountain roads and scenery surely will.

 

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Keeping the faith of fanatics who feel fired up for anything motorcycles. It’s all about the journey and the philosophy of riding on two wheels. Let’s bring alive the truly unique culture of motorcycling and never let the ride leave the fibers of our being. View all posts by twotiretirade

2 responses to “Ghosts of yesterday, Keep the Dreams of Tomorrow Alive in Jerome

  • windtogo.wordpress.com

    I rode thru, on my fully loaded Vstrom and with my wife aboard on a very stinky hot sweaty day in October 2015. Going westbound, up into town and stopped for a refreshing cold water. We were graciously welcomed in an upscale bar to enjoy the AC and cold bottles of water, gratis. Then we rode down the west side all the way to the flats, did. U turn and up and back, this time eastbound though town. Loved it. Great corners and steep grades.

    Gord

    … -.- Windtogo.Wordpress.com

    • twotiretirade

      Wicked cool, I love it when someone has shared the same pavement as I……. Back in 2015 were ghosts a big part of the towns identity??? I was not sure if that is recent or not. Rubber side down!!

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