Jerome, Arizona: Gold King Mine Museum - Old West Junkyard

"Where the pavement ends, the Old West begins." Lots of rusting equipment scattered about, and there's a replica mine shaft. Don Robertson owns the place and acts as grizzled host.
Perkinsville Rd, Jerome, AZ
If you're entering town from the south, turn sharply left at the fire house when US 89 bends sharply right, and follow Perkinsville Rd one mile to its end. If you've come through town from the north, bear straight at the firehouse as US 89 turns sharply left, and follow Perkinsville Rd one mile to its end.
Daily 10 am - 5 pm. Closed M after Thanksgiving-Christmas (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $5, Kids $3
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Gold King Mine Museum - Old West Junkyard

Ok, not the best "ghost town" I've seen. They charge $5 for an adult, and $3 for kids 6-12. Not really worth the time and money. Lots of old rusty trucks. Not really a ghost town.

[Kharb, 07/28/2014]
Geezer Junkyard

An old copper mining town at one time that boasted that every other building was a brothel..... the best tourist spot is the Gold King Mine just around the backside of the big mine..... Seems an eccentric old geezer bought a junkyard, plowed some paths and charges $1.00 for a tour of rusted out mining equipment and all. BUT, down among the old buildings and saw mill (which has a dragon blowing smoke rings) there are some gorgeous restored antique cars.

In the 60's, in the lowest point in Jerome's decline, the "artistes" found a cheap place to hang out, so now it's full of galleries and incredible real artists. You can stay in the Jerome Grand Hotel, which was the hospital -- doesn't smell like it though. Then, try the Spirit Room where the bikers from all over congregate on Sat and Sun....

[ClanLock, 12/03/1998]

Jerome, a sloppy remnant of tie dye culture, has been sliding downhill due to overmining and blasting since the 1890's.

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