Leaverite Society of Jerome AZ

In 1982, I showed an interesting rock that I found near Jerome to the President of the Mingus Gem and Mineral Club. “Could you please tell me what kind of rock this is?” “Young lady, what you have there is … Continue reading

Honoring the Women in Jerome AZ: International Women’s Day

Anyone who has lived in Jerome for any period of time knows this to be true: the women are strong, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, accomplished at what they set out to do and passionately engaged. Many are artists that have served the town politically. And they’re smart. Very very smart. Here’s my contribution to International Women’s Day.

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Drag Race Between Camaro and Mustang in Jerome AZ

One day the chief of police in Jerome approached its most notorious teenage daredevil. “Feel like racing me over Mingus Mountain and back?” Zack was in disbelief. “You’ll probably arrest me if I say yes,” Zack said. He was in his late teens. “No, no,” said Ray. “Your car is the only possible contender. There won’t be any arrests.” The race was on.

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Modern Anasazi Hand-stacked Wall Builders of Jerome AZ —Jane Moore

Jane Moore is one of the few women who built hand-stacked rock walls in Jerome. I always looked at her driveway and corral walls when I drove up to Richard’s house and assumed Chuck Runyon, her partner, built them. I am so embarrassed. Jane wrote, “Not too many people have ever seen them. I’m sending you a few pictures. I don’t know of too many other women in Jerome who do dry stack walls!”

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Mining in Jerome AZ after 1953

Mining never stopped in Jerome after the two great mines—United Verde Extension Gold, Silver and Copper Mining Company (UVX) and Phelps Dodge Corporation (successor to the United Verde Copper Company—shut their operations and the city emptied out.

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Lament for Ghost Town Ruins in Jerome AZ

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)

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The Big Spliff: Jerome AZ Kids That Dared D.A.R.E.

About a year after the pot bust of 1985, the Clarkdale Elementary School set up a precursor to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. Mr. Steele, the fifth-grade teacher, brought in a policeman, whom he introduced as Officer Friendly. . . . After every educational program, Officer Friendly invited the kids to rat out their families or friends. “It’ll be a secret between us,” Officer Friendly said. Max and Omar had heard the stories about the snitch and the big bust in Jerome, they knew that a snitch was the worst kind of person.

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Open Pit Gold Mine Protest Succeeds in Mexico.

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.

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7-Up Billboard Bites the Dust in Jerome AZ—Love in the Wild 70’s

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…

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New Gold Mine Threatens to Open in Jerome AZ: 1980’s

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.

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