Random Ramblings: JEROME, AZ

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


A few weeks ago Jacob's sister, her husband and 2 of the 5 girls came to visit us here in Arizona.  They are the first visitors since we moved into the house.  So as we planned for their visit we were trying to think of some things to do during their short visit here.  So we decided to go to Jerome, AZ.  Jacob has been told by so many people we should go check it out.  It was such an amazing little town.  So quaint and little, did I mention how small it was.

We drove through the little town looking for a good spot to park and ended up at the far end of town and at a little museum and at the Jerome Historic District.  We went to the Jerome State Historic Park.  

Well first we stopped at a little spot down from the State Historic Park and looked at some old mining equipment and and actual mine shaft that is deeper than the height of the Eiffel Tower.  It was so crazy to look down and see into nothingness.  

This was an old abandoned building across from where we parked.  I don't know what it was before, but I thought it was a pretty cool looking building.  Maybe a school house?  A hotel? 


Looking down the mine shaft.  I loved the design of the iron work.  

This time I focused on the never ending descent into the bottom of the earth.  I don't know if I could just go on down to work, that far.  A bit scary if you ask me.  

This is just some of the other buildings in comparison to how deep it really was.  


The kids inside what I think (if I remember correctly) the elevator type devise that holds the people to take them down to the bottom of that giant mine shaft.  

A building that once was, then turned into a hotel and now stands there alone.  

After walking around this area for a bit we went up to the museum which was pretty cool.  This town is so full of history it is amazing.  That is my favorite part of going to new places.  All the history and seeing old pictures from the exact place you are currently standing and what it looked like 100 or so years ago.  The way people dressed back then, the cars or non cars they drove back then, everything.  The way of life seemed so much simpler in the old days.  I think it would have been amazing to live back in time.  

The museum was pretty cool.  It was once an old house that was later donated to the town.  There were some very cool things inside.  I won't overload you with a million pictures, but here are a few.  

This was one of the very first wheel chairs.  This caught my eye since little Jacob has had a few of these after his surgeries, It looks just like an old wicker chair with large wheels added.  

This amazing stone outside.  The colors were just astonishing.  Beautiful in every way.  

Inside the tiny little one room, one window post office.  

The old cars, wow how things have changed.  

I had to make my kids take a picture together with all the trees and beauty behind them.  I love this one so much it is now my laptop screen saver, and I am going to blow it up big and frame it in the house somewhere.  

These adorable kids just taking in the view from all around.  I think I am going to frame this one in the house too, I love it of all of them.  

The view from some areas was amazing.  You could see for hundreds of miles in any given direction. 

 After the museum we drove back into town and found a spot to park and walked a bit through the streets and stopped at a really tiny little Deli that was so good!  I would totally drive there just to have lunch there again.  It was called the Hiltop Deli.  
On the walk over to the Deli the volunteer fireman let the kids sit on this really old firetruck which they thought was so cool. 

There was something about the bread, it was delicious.  So good.  

We moved out to the patio to eat before our food came, it was a beautiful day.  

The place is really cool.  The deli is on the bottom and upstairs there are apartments.  I always thought that would be so fun to live above some place like that.  Very cool.  

After lunch we walked around the town a bit more and then headed back to where we parked.  
I took a bunch of random pictures especially of the old buildings.  I love the old buildings.  It just makes me wonder what it was like back in the day and how the town ran and the people that lived there.  

I have a thing for buildings that have businesses on the bottom and apartments on the top, I have no idea why lol. 

The old old jail house, that is now gated off.  

A church.  

The fire station.  I also love so much brick buildings.  

After all this adventure we then headed to the little Ghost Town there as well, but I will write about that tomorrow since I took an amazing amount of pictures there too.  It was cool, but also made me think of the scary chainsaw movies. 

Do you love old little towns?
We have more places that we want to go explore now that we live here.  It isn't like we are here on vacation and have to fit it all into one day of adventures. We can go as we please to check them all out.  On our list are
~ The Grand Canyon
~ Sedona, AZ
~Bearizona (planning for when the bears come out of hybernation so we can see them )
~The Polar Express (planning for next Christmas time)


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