The historic mining town of Jerome lies 100 miles north of Phoenix in the Black Hills overlooking the beautiful Verde Valley. It is centrally located, just a half hour drive from Sedona and 45 minutes from Prescott. View Jerome on a map here.
Jerome was established as a copper and silver mining camp in 1883 and quickly grew in reputation and size. Just 20 years later, Jerome was labeled "the wickedest town in the State" by the New York Sun. Perhaps it was this proclamation that led to the rapid growth of Jerome, reaching its peak in the 1920's at 15,000 residents. When Jerome's mines closed in the early 50's, it became a ghost town in just a few years. By the end of the decade, Jerome's population was down to around 50 residents.
Today, Jerome has approximately 400 residents and is a National Historic Landmark. It's once abandoned streets contain a diverse mixture of restaurants, retail stores, and renovated hotels while still retaining the architecture and beautiful Arizona landscape that made it famous.