Looking to explore a piece of Arizona’s mining history? Look no further, for Jerome State Historic Park showcases two of the more lucrative mines of Arizona’s early days, as well as the lives of some of Jerome’s most well-known residents.
Jerome was already located near a successful copper mine, but James S. Douglas took the town a step further by purchasing a second copper mine, the Little Daisy, and built his house above it. From the house, he and his family were able to look after the mine while it was open.
The house still stands today, and is now the park’s most famous attraction, the Douglas Mansion. This single building is home to all sorts of relics from Jerome’s prosperous past, such as photographs, artifacts, and minerals from the town’s mining days.
The museum also offers guests a video presentation, as well as a 3-D model of the town and the mines that helped it thrive. Even the area outside is an exhibit, providing guests with mining equipment and interpretive panels to help them further explore the rich history of the area.
Of course, the museum isn’t the only reason to visit Jerome. The entire town is built on the side of Cleopatra Hill, and offers great views of the valley. From the drive up to the town to the views offered from this unique location, those interested in seeing a great panoramic view would love it here in Jerome.
In addition to this great state park, Jerome also offers many different shops, galleries, and restaurants for any tourist’s shopping and dining needs.
There are historic hotels and bed-and-breakfasts for those who want to check out Jerome’s nightlife, and many of the shops support Jerome’s strong artistic culture. Best of all, Jerome and its wonderful state park are roughly two hours away from Phoenix!
Whether you’re looking to learn more about Jerome’s mining history, want a great view of the valley below, or just looking for a fun place to visit, Jerome State Historic Park is a place you don’t want to miss.
To learn more about Jerome State Historic Park, visit www.azstateparks.com.