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Jerome in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Jerome, Arizona

Too Strong to Die

 
 
Jerome, Arizona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. Jerome, Arizona Marker
Inscription. The first mining claims were filed in 1876, within 20 years Jerome was a billion dollar copper mecca and one of the wildest, wickedest mining towns in the west. Drinking, gambling, brawls and frolicking with ladies of the night occurred around–the-clock in two dozen magnificent saloons.

By the time mining shut down in 1952, enough copper had been produced to put 13 pounds in the hands of every citizen in the world. Gold and silver production covered mining expenses.

Through the efforts of the historical society, Jerome became one of the west's most celebrated 'Ghost Towns'. Although this image persisted into the 1970's Jerome's population grew in the 1960's. Buildings began to be restored to their graceful pre-1953 conditions, and in 1970 Jerome was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Today , Jerome is an arts oriented village of 500. A million tourists a year stroll its twisted streets and gape at the 100-mile views. With its rich history and tenacious citizens Jerome is a town too strong to die.
 
Erected 1995 by Lost Dutchman Chapter 5917, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 34° 45.048′ 
Jerome Arizona and NHL Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. Jerome Arizona and NHL Plaque
The National Historic Landmark plaque is seen on the left and this marker is on the right.
N, 112° 6.958′ W. Marker is in Jerome, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is on Main Street (Arizona Route 89A), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 208 Main Street, Jerome AZ 86331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bartlett Hotel (here, next to this marker); The Saloon (here, next to this marker); Jerome Town Hall (a few steps from this marker); Paul and Jerry's Saloon (a few steps from this marker); Jerome Blast Furnace (a few steps from this marker); Mine Museum/Fashion Saloon (a few steps from this marker); Whitten Printers (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Connor (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Jerome.
 
Regarding Jerome, Arizona. The Jerome Historic District was designated as a National Historic Landmark on November 13, 1966.
Statement of Significance:
Jerome was one of the richest copper-producing areas in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The town and surrounding mining area illustrate the historic activities associated with copper production.
 
Also see . . .
1. The History of Jerome. The Jerome Times gives a detailed history of this mining town.
National Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
3. National Historic Landmark Plaque
This plaque is just to the left of the Jerome Arizona Marker.
Also included are links to additional information and a large collection of town photos. (Submitted on July 17, 2010.) 

2. The Town of Jerome. (Submitted on July 17, 2010.)
 
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Jerome, Arizona image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 17, 2010
4. Jerome, Arizona
The hillside town of Jerome with the "J" showing on the peak to the right. The mine was to the right of that peak out of the picture.
United Verde / Phelps Dodge Copper Mine image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 17, 2010
5. United Verde / Phelps Dodge Copper Mine
The copper mine just north of town that Jerome's early fortunes were based on. The tailings can be seen and the "Mansion on the Hill" is visible in the picture as well.
Jerome, Arizona image. Click for full size.
By Frasher Foto, circa 1930's
6. Jerome, Arizona
Looking up Jerome Avenue to Center of town
Highway 89
Entering
Jerome
from Clarkdale
Arizona
Jerome Grand Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Michael D Martin, April 12, 2009
7. Jerome Grand Hotel
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,176 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   6. submitted on .   7. submitted on , by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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