JEROME, AZ - 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, rebuilt and redefined 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.