The following pictures are taken from the hilltop where the mining baron James S. Douglas built his mansion and what is now the park's visitor center and museum. This view looks down to the old Clarkdale Smelter closed in 1953. The community of Clarkdale is to the right. It was a company town founded in 1912 by William A. Clark for the Clarkdale Smelter workers and is said to be one of the first planned communities in Arizona. William Clark had one of the largest producing copper mines in the Arizona Territory! It was called The United Verde Copper Company.
This is Jerome as you come up the hill into town. From the early 1900s through the 1920s there was a building boom. The town's population reached it peaked in 1929 at approximately 15,000!!! After the United Verde Mine closed, the population of Jerome dropped to 100! The population today is reported to be 444. There are many historic buildings still present and the old downtown is filled with gift shops. The hill with the J on it is called Cleopatra Hill.
This is further into town as you wind up the hill to the Douglas Mansion and state park. The cuts you see in the hillside to the back of the picture is the United Verde Mine, which ran from 1882-1953.
Check out the rocks inlaid into the cement curb. I don't know if that is a modern feature or original, but it is very attractive!
This is a peek into the mansion! This room is the park's visitor center and the other rooms of the house are set up with museum displays.
This is a stamp mill and is used for crushing rock.
The large square building in the background was once the Little Daisy Hotel and was built to house the miners who worked the Little Daisy mine. It is now owned as a private residence! The large building on the street curve is the Mine Engineering Building. The two headframe structures are over two separate Little Daisy Mine shafts. The rock cut to the back of the picture is the United Verde Mine. Jerome is a fascinating look into mining history!