Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jerome, AZ

We took the car on this trip because Route 89 A to Jerome and Flagstaff has too many hairpin curves for our RV. Jerome is the largest ghost town that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The large white building in the picture was built in 1916 as the home of the Douglas family and is now a museum. We went to it and saw a ghost tell the story of the mining town and how over a billion dollars in copper, gold and silver were mined from here. Before the mines closed in 1953, the population was over 15,000. The large mercantile store was the T.F. Miller Company. (Unfortunately we are not related.)

The canyons along the way to Flagstaff are as scenic to us as the Grand Canyon. We spent the night in a motel in Flagstaff, which is over 7000 ft. in elevation, and woke up to temperatures in the 20’s. We did not have snow on Route 89A itself but did see it along the sides of the road. We also saw wreckage from the 20 to 30-vehicle accident from the day before.

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