Jerome, Arizona

  

Jerome Details

Status: Active Town

Date Settled: 1883

Current Population: 350

Peak Population: 15,000

Elevation: 5,080 Feet (1,548 meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

State: Arizona

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Jerome Description

A mining camp named Jerome was established on the side of Cleopatra Hill in 1883. It was named for Eugene Murray Jerome, a New York investor who owned the mineral rights and financed mining there. Eugene Jerome never visited his namesake town. Jerome was incorporated as a town on 8 March 1889. Local merchant and rancher William Munds was the first mayor. The town housed the workers in the nearby United Verde Mine, which was to produce over 1 billion dollars in copper, gold and silver over the next 70 years.

Jerome became a notorious "wild west" town, a hotbed of prostitution, gambling, and vice. On 5 February 1903, the New York Sun proclaimed Jerome to be "the wickedest town in the West".

-Wikipedia

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain

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