Headless Ghosts of ‘The Dry’: Jerome AZ Mining Heydays

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….

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Whiskers—The Supernatural Manx of Jerome AZ

As Max started to climb out and over the canyon wall, he saw a baby rattler shaking his tail at him not five feet from his face. Whiskers, his Manx cat, saved him.

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Books and Pamphlets About Jerome AZ’s History and Lifestyle

Good reading about Jerome, Arizona’s mining and railroad history and its emergence from a village to a virtual ghost city into an art mecca and destination resort.

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Ghost of the Gun in Deception Gulch: Jerome, AZ 1970’s

At night, Scott sometimes hears a tap tap tapping from the vicinity of the outhouse. Tap. Tap. Tap. It is the sound of the old lady tapping the cardboard latch to shut herself in. No one every sees her.

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Jesus and the Thieves: the First of the Big Jerome Pot Busts

The night after the Verde Independent came out with its sensational headline—Chief Accused of Drug Trafficking”— three men stole into the churchyard of the Holy Family Catholic church. One of the men propped a ladder on the shoulders of the former store mannequin that had been fashioned into the bloody replica of Jesus Christ. A man climbed up and nailed a new crown on Jesus’ head: a large wooden marijuana leaf that was painted a flamboyant green.

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