We left out this morning to visit, again, the old copper mining town of Jerome. It was a little cooler up there since it is about 2,000 feet higher up the mountain than where we are camping. Once we got to Jerome we drove on past a mile or so to King Gold, Arizona. This is also an old mining town that now only has a handful of residents who work there. When Jerome was going full bore in the mining of copper another company wanted in on the money. They moved up the road a ways and sunk a mine, hoping to tap into the copper vain the company in Jerome was digging. The did not hit the copper vain but they did strike gold. Although the mine never made a great amount of money it was worked for many years. When it closed in the early part of the last century the 1,200 foot shaft was filled with water. Today the property is owned by a family that runs it as a ghost town. They have brought in an unbelievable amount of old vehicles, mining equipment and has a large working saw mill.
After a couple of hours at King Gold we made our way back down the mountain to Jerome. At one time Jerome was the third largest town in Arizona. Due to the copper mines people flooded the area and the town was filled with saloons, gambling houses and brothels. After the mines closed in the 1950's the town dwindled to less than 50 people. Today the town has several hundred residents and has become an artist community with many art galleries. After walking up and down the slanted streets we stopped at a place called the Haunted Hamburgers for lunch. Since we had been to Jerome last April we did not spend as much time exploring as we normally would have.
We had read in one of the visitor's guides we have picked up that the Village of Oak Creek had an Outlet Mall. Since Jo enjoys these malls we headed north to find this place. To get to the Village of Oak Creek we had to go north to Sedona and then back southeast. This turned out to be a nice drive, even though the Outlet Mall turned out to be a bust. We had never been to Sedona and found it to be a really nice town set in a beautiful surrounding of unusual mountain formations. We took several pictures of the mountains with their red and white sandstone.