Ninety miles north of Phoenix and a mile high sits the town of Jerome.
Nestled above the Verde Valley, the town of once 15,000 people during its mining heyday is now home to just 444 people. However more than a million visitors a year drive up the hill and into Jerome.
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At the turn of the century, the mine in Jerome was the largest producer of copper in the world. Today you can see signs of the mine that gave birth to the town scattered throughout.
You can even stand on a piece of glass over a 1,900-foot shaft looking deep into the earth at the Audrey Headframe, constructed in 1918 and still standing today.
Jerome was destroyed three times by fires but each time, rebuilding and redefining itself. These days, it's a vibrant art, wine, cultural and historical experience you wouldn't expect from a small northern Arizona town. It's a town with a culture that continues to inspire those who call Jerome home, as well as those who visit.
It's not only a unique place to dive into a historical escape but to find freedom from the summer heat and hustle of the Valley at 5,000 feet, just a two-hour drive from Phoenix.
Jerome will host their 53rd annual historic home and building tour -- the longest-running one in Arizona -- on May 19th & 20th. It costs $25 for adults and $10 for children.
The first Saturday of every month is also Jerome Art Walk, showcasing the galleries and art of Jerome.
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