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
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.