The Jerome Grand Hotel still haunts this old Arizona ghost town

A ghost town that has become an artisanal enclave

Like the Jerome Grand Hotel, many historic buildings reminiscent of the town’s mining days still stand today. At Jerome Historic State Park, you can explore a mansion turned museum that is the former home of mining magnate James “Rawhide Jimmy” Douglas. Built in 1916, the historic site is home to a wine cellar, billiard room, and some of the most luxurious adornments of the era, including a marble shower and luxuries like steam heating. Pieces of Jerome’s mining history are kept in the museum’s collection of photos and exhibits.

Stroll through the Gold King Mine, where, for a small entrance fee, you can explore old mine shafts, a working sawmill, a collection of over 180 rusting old vehicles, and even search for gold . Make room in your photo roll. Burros and other animals roam the property, and you can peruse the dusty artifacts of an old schoolhouse, shoemaker, gas station, and more.

And as the reputation of the Wild West dissolved, Jerome developed a new identity as an eclectic and thriving arts community. The streets here are lined with boutiques, restaurants, confectionery, touring outfits, stores, and art galleries galore. This includes the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, which sets up in historical excavations and showcases the works of over 30 artists.

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