Photo Courtesy of FiledImage/Shutterstock.comHoly Family Catholic Church, Jerome, AZPeer down the mountain sideThe JailMain St. (?)Cadecus CellarsThe Connor Hotel / Spirit Room353Puscifer Shop

Families will love:

  • Haunted history
  • Eclectic stores
  • Cliffside views

As you wind up and through hairpin turns toward the cliff-side town of Jerome, Arizona, your family will be transported back to the 1880s, when the tiny town flourished as a copper mining district. It thrived with business well into the 1900s, drawing miners from all over the world. The copper mine provided a secure income for many, and the town provided plenty of ... more
As you wind up and through hairpin turns toward the cliff-side town of Jerome, Arizona, your family will be transported back to the 1880s, when the tiny town flourished as a copper mining district. It thrived with business well into the 1900s, drawing miners from all over the world. The copper mine provided a secure income for many, and the town provided plenty of diversions -- hotels, saloons, restaurants and even an opera house.

Of course, the Great Depression changed everything and ultimately led to the termination of The United Verde Valley Mine -- along with the entire town -- in 1953. Jerome became a ghost town -- the largest ghost town in Arizona -- with only 50 residents remaining.

Jerome has since been rediscovered and named a National Historic Landmark. Many buildings have also been restored. The town's former hospital, for example, is now a hotel (a very haunted hotel), the Jerome Grand Hotel, which overlooks the town and Verde Valley. The Audrey Headlamp -- a vital piece of equipment to miners -- has been restored, and visitors can stand atop its platform to stare 1,900 feet down into a former mining tunnel. The Sliding Jail -- which received its name upon descending Cleopatra Hill (along with other buildings) due to mine blasts -- is still in tact for visits, too. Artifacts, exhibits, and bits and pieces of history can be found via several museums and tours, as well, but you don't have to do anything but walk around Jerome to really feel the magnitude of its storied past.

Jerome, Arizona has truly returned to its grandeur, this time with eclectic stores (don't miss Nelly Bly Kaleidoscope Store), wine tasting rooms, and fantastic restaurants. And while it isn't a bona fide family vacation destination -- parents could certainly spend a weekend here -- it's a highly recommended side trip for those traveling to Sedona or Flagstaff with children.

Written by Amanda Geronikos less

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