Set high on the side of a mountain sits Jeromes Grand Hotel. Arizona's
mile high historic landmark. Located in Jerome, Arizona between Sedona and Prescott this mile high historic landmark is a
sight to see.
The building itself started out as the United Verde Hospital, opening
January 1927. In 1930 it was written up as the most modern and well-equipped hospital in Arizona and possibly the western
states. The building itself was built to withstand the blasts of up to 100,000 pounds of dynamite set off by the mine in Jerome
and is fireproof. It is amazing how this 30,000-sq. ft. five level building of poured in place reinforced concrete was constructed
on a 50-degree slope is an engineering marvel even by todays standards.
The Otis elevator is fully operational and provides service to all
five levels of the hotel and has never been modernized. Traveling speed of 50 ft per minute it takes 45 seconds to reach the
top level of the building. Purchased by the Altherr family in 1994, from the Phelps Dodge Mining Corp. This is one of the
best-preserved buildings in the state of Arizona. Extreme measures have been used to protect the interior and exterior integrity
of the building. The hotel features Jerome's Bistro Restaurant and Lounge.
The town of Jerome began in 1876 when three prospectors staked claim
on the rich copper deposits. By the early 20th century the United Verde was the largest producing copper mine in the Arizona
territory. The Little Daisy Mine shut down in 1938. Phelps Dodge took over the United Verde in 1935, but loss of profits brought
the operation and Jeromes mining days to an end in 1953. Rich with culture this now famous ghost town built on the side of
a mountain, is a wonderful sight to see and experience for the paranormal enthusiast or the history buff. The Jerome Grand
Hotel is on the top of my recommended list for U.S. enthusiasts to visit.
The minute you walk into this historic building you can feel its ominous past all around you. Like stepping back into days
gone by. As you walk through the corridors of the hotel you can't help but feel the essence of those long gone. The hotel
and the town itself have been featured in several paranormal television programs and magazines. If ever in Arizona this hotel
is a must to visit and the town Of Jerome and the story of the men and women who once worked this old mining town is a wonderful
tale indeed. You can't help but feel their presence all around you when you enter the Jerome Grand Hotel. We caught quite
a few apparitions with our cameras while in the hotel and also on its balcony which over looks the valley below. The one above
is of an apparition in the hotel bar which was vacant at the time we were in it not to open for a few hours later on that