Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Jarome, AZ

One interesting stop on our way to Sedona was a small town called Jarome, AZ.
Back in 1929 the population of this town was over 15,000 and the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles at an elevation of 5,080 ft (1,548 m). Jerome became a notorious "wild west" town, a hotbed of prostitution, gambling, and vice. On 5 February 1903, the New York Sun proclaimed Jerome to be "the wickedest town in the West". Billions of dollars in copper were taken out of the mines here.

In the 2006 census the population was 343. So you could call this a ghost town.
Currently this is a very quaint town that has many shoppes and some really good food. If you asked me I would say try Grapes Restaurant and Bar.

One store we stopped in was "The House of Joy", If the girls were any older I would not have taken them into this store. We did find something that Isabella had to have. Yes these are monarch butterfly wings, isn't she cute?

Lastly, one more place we stopped on the way out of town was a small bakery. It was on a hill and down some steps, the entire bakery was under ground but it was some of the best tasting confections I have had. Giseles Cafe' & Bakery is a must see if you are in the area. Isbella loved it, Nicki loved it, and I am sure you would also!
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