Jerome, Arizona’s ruins are slowly disappearing. . . Behind the shop called Skyfire, the remains of the brick ‘cribs’, home of Jerome’s ladies of the night, fell down during a winter storm, and the bricks were neatly stacked to make room for parking. Then the bricks slowly disappeared. …And when the ruins are gone, where will the ghosts hide? (Great photos with this post)Continue reading
Protesting a large mining operation can be done with smart organization, commitment, and a catchy rallying slogan. A large open pit gold operation proposed near Cabo san Lucas in Baja, California was stopped. This article is a summary of how that protest was mounted, helped, spearheaded with the help of John McNerney, a former resident of Jerome who founded Jerome Instrument Corporation in the 1980’s and helped in the protest that was galvanizing around a new gold mine that has been proposed for Jerome.Continue reading
In the 70’s there was a hideous “7-Up Power” billboard ad in paisley flowers of Day-Glo orange/green/fuchsia. In an election year, the ad was temporarily replaced by an ugly mug of a sheriff running for the county spot against the USA’s red white and blue. One day, the billboard was gone…Continue reading
The most interesting and valuable segment of Empty Mansions are 125 pages or so (almost a third of the book) devoted to William Andrews Clark, Huguette’s father. In my opinion, It is single best biography yet written about W.A. Clark. It includes debunking some of the allegations of Clark’s bribery for the United States Senate and its aftermath and the veracity of Mark Twain’s now famous and oft-quoted excoriation of Clark.Continue reading
Outfitted with overlarge Wellington boots, a hard hat with a flashlight and a self-rescue device, which would give us breathable air in case of a fire, Walter and I are ready to descend 1100 feet down the hoist located at the Audrey Shaft in Jerome, adjacent to the Douglas State Park. In the 1980’s, a new gold mine was proposed in this location.Continue reading
Jerome’s mining wealth came at a big cost to the surrounding environment. Mining has always been a dirty business. The biggest environmental hazard that directly affected citizens in the Jerome community was the flow of azure-colored water.Continue reading
The potential for mining to return to Jerome flew on the e-Mail hotlines because of newly announced information from Cornerstone Metals, a company located in Vancouver BC, to explore for a new cache of high-grade copper ore on property within a few miles of Jerome, Arizona. What is the potential for finding it and will it mean mining’s return to Jerome, Arizona?Continue reading
During Jerome, Arizona’s mining heydays, people talked about the billions made in William Andrews Clark’s legendary mine, the United Verde Copper Mine, and the scandals caused when Clark bribed his way into the Senate. (He resigned rather than become impeached.)
Few talked about what Clark spent his money on.
Clark’s private passion was art.
Papa Lozano stood ankle deep in an oozy muck and shoveled newly blasted ore into carts. After his shift, Lozano would trudge with 400 other miners out of the belly of the mountain, blackened with muck and dust and climb the steps of the building known as “The “Dry.” He pissed shoulder-to-shoulder with his compadres in the long rows of urinals….Continue reading
In 1983, the late singer songwriter Kate Wolf visited Jerome, Arizona.Kate gave a concert in Jerome’s old Episcopal Church and met writer/singer/wilderness activist Katie Lee. The women became instant friends, a mutual spark between two very remarkable artists.Continue reading