Jerome - Too Stubborn to Die - How the Town Survived Numerous "Near-Death" Experiences
Numerous fires, landslides, floods, labor strikes, polluted air, epidemics, Depression, recessions, financial collapse, one adversity after another. Any one of these might spell the end of a lesser community. But, in Arizona, one town survived these "near-death" experiences, and more, yet managed to survive. Some might even say, "thrive." This presentation looks at the numerous disasters, tragedies and setbacks Jerome faced in its first 3/4 century. And still come out on top. From the time in prehistory when the Sinagua's mined copper for decoration and ornamentation, to the Spanish exploring for gold and silver, to the modern discoveries of copper riches all within Cleopatra Hill, Jerome exploded to the 4th largest city in Arizona. Less than half-a-century later, its numbers had dwindled to 243. How Jerome remade itself from a major mining center into a tourist-filled, living Ghost Town is a fascinating tale that features many seldome images.
Historian Jay Marks's career includes antiques & bookstore owner, commercial photography, professional theater, radio and television broadcaster. His background, knowledge and experience contribute to his lively and engaging presentations.
This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.
- Saturday, November 4, 2023
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm
- Time Zone:
- Arizona Time (change)
- Meeting Room, Desert Broom Library
Time Zone: Arizona Time (change)