The population of Jerome peaked at 15,000 in the 1920's and declined to one person (Father John) in 1954. It is now designated a National Historic District by the federal government and is a thriving tourist and artist community with a population of about 450.
It's a fascinating place to visit - most of the buildings are the original ones, fixed up and renovated but retaining their original look. Some buildings have slid a bit on the 30 degree incline the city is built on and these broken buildings, including the old jail, have been left where they slid.
|The rest of this building has long since disappeared. A glass|
blowing studio has been built behind it.
|This is the old jail which gravity pulled down the 30 degree slope,|
making it totally unusable since the walls pulled apart in the shift.
The town itself is built on a series of four or five streets on switchbacks up the mountain. It's a wonder more of them didn't succumb to the pull of gravity.
|Emily and Allan on one of the lower roads.|
|The houses were built close together almost as if they were holding one|
another up. Its strange to see the late model cars on the narrow roads,
but the motorcycle in the foreground looks like it belongs there.
|This is a small yard down a flight of stairs between two houses. The artisan who maintains it|
collects all manner of interesting sculptures, antiques, and junk for passersby
to look at from the street level.
|I love this picture of a tree growing up through the window|
of a deserted building and finally reaching street level above.
There are a lot of lovely shops displaying the art created by the artisans who live in Jerome, as well as museums, gift shops, restaurants, etc. I would have taken pictures of them too but I forgot to recharge my camera's battery so it died in Jerome - very appropriate somehow.
The following pictures are ones Emily took as we drove up Mingus Mountain behind Jerome - beautiful red cliffs.
Arizona....how can you not love it!