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With 1 church to offset 16 saloons, and palaces of iniquity running day and night, Jerome was on its way to being called the "wickedest town in America" by 1903.
The story of the graveyard and school is also the story of the pioneers of what became Cottonwood in 1885. Land was already being used for a burying ground and school before Alexander and Malinda Strahan came to the Verde Valley in 1878.
There was still open land that had not been claimed in the Verde Mining District, and mineral lodes without a U. S. Patent.
The United Verde Copper Company mine and smelter closed. Unemployed men and their families left town. Reports circulated that green grass would soon grow on the streets of Jerome.
After the September fire, adobe, concrete, and brick were used to construct a more substantial town.
"Mountain Dew" collected recently ate its way through the sides of the jug. "White Mule" exploded with enough force to imbed glass in the office furniture.
One year later, the fire on Christmas Eve of 1897 destroyed many buildings in the business district.
The store opened in the booming mining town in 1918. The store building began to slide and was condemned in 1936.
Tombstone inscriptions help tell the story of Clarkdale's past and present.
John Pruitt arrived at Jerome with his parents, brother and sisters, before 1908. His father was hired as a special officer for the Town of Jerome. John attended Jerome schools and the family eventually lived on East Avenue.
Alfredo and Ava Gutierrez operated a Mexican restaurant on 89A at 12th Street.
Construction of the building began on February 4, and will be completed by the end of May, 1927.
Geronimo Pena led a lonely existence for about 40 years on Mingus Mountain.
Barracks Six, one of four remaining buildings, will be used for a museum. The other buildings have been converted into homes.
A collection of newspaper clippings tells the story of Sheriff Cameron, Al. Sieber and 3 Indian trackers.
New residents of Cottonwood operate the service stations.
After the scenic ride on the railroad to Jerome, tourists may enjoy a series of scenic drives on roads to the mines.
The United Verde Copper Company purchased land for the railroad right-of-way, for the new smelter site and town of Clarkdale, and for water rights from 1906 until 1913.
Once you have tasted the trout of West Clear Creek you will be reluctant to eat their hatchery-raised cousins.
Jerome is still the most unique town in America.
The old general merchandise store and post office that served as a meeting place for early residents was torn down and salvaged during October.
Surviving the "Depression" in the Verde Valley was difficult for everyone. Some unemployed men were given the opportunity to earn $15 each month.
Richmond Dairy farm was also known as the Verde Valley Dairy.
The Bob Bradshaw Ranch, 9 miles from the highway, now has a western town ready to be photographed.
Tree-removal projects have already caused stream bank erosion.
After trees were clear-cut or thinned along the Verde River to "save water" and for "flood control" the wildlife habitat was destroyed, and a few residents began to complain.
Jim and Anne Thomas moved from New York to Sedona last August. They opened Sedona's fifth and largest grocery store in West Sedona.
Tourists booked into a chain of hotels travel through the district in 7-passenger sedans. Ella Lowdermilk was the postmistress of the Rimrock Post Office.
About 500 people gathered at the Oak Creek ranch of James Page, who explained that the Cornville Post Office was named for a well-known resident, Elmira Cone, however, "Coneville" became "Cornville" in Washington.
Heavy rains caused the building to slip 1 foot by April 13, and almost 3 feet by April 20. The Baptist Church had been dedicated on September 29, 1895. Later, the building became the Congregational Church. Then, after a fire, the building became the Episcopal Church.
Professor H. H. Nininger was attracted to this locality by the discovery and excavation of 2 fossil footprints that had been taken to Camp Verde.
Deputy Sheriff James Roberts, a watchman in the company town of Clarkdale, was credited with shooting and killing the bank robber who was driving the car away from the scene of the crime.
This local mill provided lumber needed for the construction of homes and businesses in Jerome and the Verde Valley.
Jerome and its surroundings, including Clarkdale, Cottonwood, and Verde, are said to have more than 15,000 people depending on the mines of the district for their livelihood.
James Williams was a pioneer resident of the Verde Valley where he ran a ranch with the Bush family over 20 years ago.
The new approach does away with a walk of nearly a mile over hot cobblerocks in the bed of the creek.
He was an admired person who prospered and took pleasure in making fortunes for his friends who stood by him when success was problematical.
Labor problems in Jerome resulted in the deportation of members of the Industrial Workers of the World, or I.W.W., a labor union, usually called the "Wobblies," on July 10, 1917. Labor problems continued so Wobblies ordered a strike to begin at 6 o'clock on the evening of February 10, 1919.
His sons, Lewis W. Douglas and James S. Douglas, Jr., are shocked.
In response to a request of the 'Courier's Jerome correspondent, James S. Douglas wrote the following article. "My recollections were renewed of the many visits there on horseback to Mr. Hull while I was working at the Senator mine, and later on Big Bug, in the early nineties."
The trial of Olin Langford for the assault of W. Frank and Elta (Langford) Edens began in Prescott on January 5, 1938.
The explosion of a lamp caused a disastrous fire in the district called "hell's half acre."
"In the Black Hills overlooking the Verde Valley lie hidden oceans of ore containing copper, gold and silver, fully 10% in the former and from one to two hundred dollars per ton in the white and yellow metals. No extensive development was made until the United Verde Copper Company took possession 10 years ago, lacking only 4 months. Eugene Jerome was secretary of the company operating in 1881, and Governor Tritle of Prescott was largely interested about 12 years ago."
"But the smiles are steadily creasing into active concern among downtown merchants as developments at the south end of town continue to lure business establishments to the area around what is known as Sawmill Village. The imminent opening of the new Babbitt's shopping center etches even deeper frowns. What's the problem? What's to be done?"
"Two of the three members of the Apollo 14 crew, scheduled to go to the moon on January 31, rehearsed traverses at the Black Canyon crater field near Cottonwood for almost five hours Monday and then faced a battery of newsmen and cameramen in a 30-minute interview."
"There was a turn-style entrance to our town, or the cattle guard, and across the road was the" Clemenceau "School where my friends and I attended all nine grades. When, as an adult, I saw 'my' school again, the steps to the kindergarten were not as tall and steep as I had remembered them. But the large school building was still imposing and impressive."