Fri, May 24

Ghost Town Stories and Wicked Legends a walk down memory lane in Jerome

Peggy Hicks

Peggy Hicks

Author Peggy Hicks gathered a collection of her favorite 13 Jerome legends and ghost stories for her latest book, "Ghost Town Stories and Wicked Legends.

Ms. Hicks invites you to read about some of Jerome's past miners, bootleggers, crooked politicians and "working girls."

"With all this dangerous living, tragic deaths were sure to follow." Hicks explained. "People died in mining accidents, gunfights, opium overdoses and alcoholism along with a number of other unnatural events. With its violent past, it comes as no surprise that Jerome, one of America's most haunted ghost towns is appropriately nicknamed, "The Ghost City."

Explore the tale of the Gypsy Ghost and find out how she learned her trade. Does "Roxanna" still wander the streets pilfering the pockets of unsuspecting visitors to Jerome?

What happened to the town's favorite lady, Sammie Dean? Her mysterious death is still labeled as a cold case. Who were the suspects?

Where does the scariest "nurse ghost" still haunt the town? Do you dare to seek warm cozy accommodations under this medical angel's watch?

Why does the tormented moonshiner's spirit cry out for justice from the famous Sliding Jail?

Will the cat named China Doll live forever as an opium addicted "ghost kitty?"

"Ghost Town Stories and Wicked Legends" is a light read -- perfect for your weekend stay with the ghosts in Jerome. It comes complete with an interactive ghost map page that can direct readers to all of the locations where one might find a ghost or two lurking in the shadowy streets of the "Ghost City."

Jerome is located in Central Arizona, with two different routes to get there. There is a scenic route, which is a favorite for bikers. Take highway 89-A east from Prescott where the road winds high up into Mingus Mountain and whips you around seemingly endless hairpin turns.

If you would rather forego some scenery for a faster pace, take Interstate-17, which runs between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The interstate meets up with highway260/ 89-A and winds through Cottonwood and Clarkdale into Jerome.

While you are in Jerome, stop at Arizona Discoveries Rock Shop at 317 Main Street. You can purchase "Ghost Town Stories and Wicked Legends" along with her other book, "The Ghost of the Cuban Queen Bordello." She will be happy to sign and personalize copies of both books for you! These books are also available on Amazon and Kindle.