Wild West: Jerome, AZ

Jerome was a gold mining town from the 1860s until 1952 -- notice the decline of its population on the small sign. Today it is a well preserved mining "ghost town," showing the consequences of "boom and bust" mining economies. To differentiate itself from dead ghost towns, Jerome officially calls itself a "ghost city," the term for all abandoned mining settlements until the early 1920s. The term "ghost city" suggested disappointment and failure, whereas the term "ghost town" re-enforced the Western myth of rugged individualism, wild, romantic, adventuresome, and dangerous.
Let's visit the downtown, the cemetery, and gold mine tailings along the stream.
Also refer to the more "other-directed" ghost town of Tombstone, AZ and a less famous one, Randsburg, CA.