Jerome AZ Ghosts and more

Jerome, AZ

Jerome’s known as America’s Most Vertical City. In 1875, the first mining claims near the Town of Jerome at the base. The hills were later name Cleopatra Hill and Woodchute Mountain. The camp was named Jerome for Eugene Jerome, a major financier of the United Verde Copper Company. The town thought to have been lost to abandonment is a unique weekend get away. The city was home to more than 10,000 people in the 1920’s and as of 2010 census, its population was 444. Jerome made news in 1917, when strikes involving the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) led to the expulsion at gunpoint of about 60 IWW members, who were loaded on a cattle car and shipped west.

Haunted Hotel
Founded as the United Verde Hospital. The Jerome Grand Hotel is well noted to be the highest commercial building in the Verde Valley,
being at a height of 5240 feet above sea level.

The hotel is said to be haunted. Many guests and hotel staff have heard and seen what appears to be a 4 or 5 year old child running down the hallway on the 3rd floor, sometimes crying or laughing. Rumor has it that this child also likes to appear at the foot of the bed in various rooms, staring at the bed’s occupant.

Many guests have reported seeing the apparitions of two ladies, one in a white gown, and another one in a nurses outfit, as well as someone who appears to be a doctor or nurse, in a long lab coat carrying a clipboard, roaming the halls.

A Spirit Cat is a frequent visitor to the hotel. Its origin unknown, the cat has been heard meowing, hissing and scratching at
doors and walls.

Room 32
One former miner confined to a wheelchair reportedly climbed over the balcony railing to this death, and a businessman Thomas Taylor shot himself there.

The trip would not be complete without dinner at the Asylum.  The Rocky Point Shrimp with the Tomatillo Salsa is a 5 star hit.  Plan ahead and reserve a table with the view.

Other fun facts Bobby D’s is in a historic English Kitchen building, the oldest operating dining facility in the state of Arizona.



Adams Hotel, AZ

In 1896, one of the most historic and iconic hotels in Arizona was built. It was the Adams Hotel, and it was the largest and most expensive building in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sadly, the hotel suffered from a massive fire in 1910 and was re-built shortly after. The newest version of the Adams Hotel boasted claims of being “absolutely fireproof” and the beautiful five-story structure was made of reinforced concrete, a very big advancement for the time. The hotel stayed in that location, where it remained until 1973. The Adams Hotel was eventually torn down, however, as the beautiful new Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel was built in 1975.    Courtesy of

San Carlos Hotel, AZ

In 1879 a larger two story brick structure was built with four rooms and a bell tower. This was Phoenix’ fourth brick building and there were no other structures North of the school on what was then Center Street. The school was expanded in 1893 to sixteen rooms and served the school children of Phoenix for close to a quarter century.

1916 The schoolhouse had again been outgrown and was condemned. In 1919 the entire block was purchased by the Babbitts (relatives of former Secretary of the Interior and Governor Bruce Babbitt) to make way for a major hotel, but those plans languished.

1927 The Hotel San Carlos finally became the hotel project the growing city yearned for when Charles Harris, financed by Dwight B. Heard, purchased the hotel site and began construction.

The design was done by nationally known architects, G. Witecross Ritchie of Los Angeles, in the Italian renaissance style.

The San Carlos had its share of celebrities such as Mae WestClark GableCarole LombardMarilyn Monroe and Gene Autry.  Marilyn’s room is closest to the roof top pool.

Legend has it the hotel is haunted by the spirits of distraught hotel guests.  Some say Leona Jensen, who in May 1928 leaped to her death off the top after checking into room 720.  Hotel guests and workers are also said to have heard children. People hear voices of 3 young boys.  The story says they had been playing ball when it accidentally went into the well and ultimately drowned when they went into the well to retrieve their ball.

Westward Look

Tucson’s Oldest Resort is located on 80 acres in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. This property get its name from a speech to the nation by Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Winston recited “In front, the sun climbs slowly, how slowly; but westward, look…the land is bright.”

westward look map

We opted for a room with a view room 329 which I highly encourage you do the same. The 2nd floor suites have white wooden slanted roofs which complete the rooms resort charm. Rooms come equipped with a refrigerator and you can request a microwave to be delivered to your room. Their happy hour is Mon-Friday 3pm-6pm hosting

$4 Well Cocktails
$4 Draft Beers
$4.50 Wines
$5 Martinis (9-4-15 wait staff stated martinis are off the happy hour)
$5 Margaritas
Appetizer Specials

Take a walk around the property as there are multiple pools and hot tubs. The landscaping and unique layout will not disappoint.The path along the resort has a labyrinth. A labyrinth is an elaborate structure designed for King Minos of Crete. The labyrinth was constructed to hold the Minotaur killed by Theseus.

I am giving my experience a 4+ stars.