Jerome; The wicked and Charming Town.

Jerome was founded in 1876, Jerome was at the time was the fourth largest city in Arizona with the population peaking at 15,00 in the Lazos. The Hohokam people were the first inhabitants in the vicinity of Jerome. Other Native American Tribe inhabited the area they worked the ore body on the hills around Jerome.

To collect pigment for coloring their bodies, blankets and clothes. Spanish exploration the beginning of Anglo-American. Always looking for metals the Spanish enticed the Yavapai to lead them to their mine, which was little more than a 16-foot cave-like pit in the area that is now Jerome. the Yavapai used the copper metal for die to paint their faces, clothes, and blankets. But the Spanish weren’t interested in copper. In their quest for gold and silver, they soon abandoned the Indians. 

In 1875, the first mining claims and a mill site were located near the present site of the Town of Jerome at the base of two large cone-shaped hills, later called Cleopatra Hill and Wood chute Mountain. These claims were purchased by the United Verde Copper Company, organized by Frederick Tritle. The camp was named Jerome for Eugene Jerome, a major financier of the United Verde Copper Company. A small blast furnace was hauled in by wagon, and copper was produced in 1883 and 1884. By 1887, the operation closed, and in 1888, William Clark bought a majority of the stock and developed the operations into a profitable business.

Eventually, the smelter towns of Clarkdale and Clemenceau, complete with standard gauge railroad, were built to handle the ores being mined in and around Jerome. During the boom years that began in the early 1900s, Jerome was a diverse community, with over 30 different nationalities inhabiting the town of nearly 15,000 people.

Major mining activities ceased in 1953 and the population dropped to under 100 by the late 1950s. The decline of the town was hastened by the demolition of sound buildings for their materials. Lack of maintenance and a large snowfall in 1967 destroyed more of the remaining structures. In 1953, some of the few remaining residents formed the Historical Society to preserve what remained of the town.    

Jerome is known for to be the most haunted towns in all of Arizona.

Jerome is a town known for its tenacity to survive in the face of impeding economic, environmental, health and topographic catastrophe. Crashing copper prices, sliding topography, mud, fires and disease are among the natural and manmade disasters that plagued the town throughout the 20th century.

The mines, the workers, those who sought its wealth, and those who came later in the 1960s and ’70s formed Jerome’s history. Today’s Jerome, while retaining its mining camp heritage, has undergone a personality change.

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