We recently traveled to the city of Jerome Arizona located above the town of Cottonwood where we are staying. Jerome is a town in the Black Hills of Yavapai County in the State of Arizona. Founded in the late 19th century on Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley, it is more than 5,000 feet above sea level. Supported in its heyday by rich copper mines and is now known as the largest ghost town in America.
During the heyday over 15,000 people lived there, now the town supports approximately 500 people relying on mostly tourism. We ordered a pizza to go from a local establishment and walked up some steep steps to a small little park nestled on the side of a mountain between two switchbacks on the highway. The kids had a great time going down the large slide between bites of pizza and swinging on the swings.
Some local residents were putting up Christmas decorations and invited us to come back on Saturday evening for the official lighting of the Christmas tree. From the park the kids heard some live music from a local saloon so we decided to check it out. As we approached the bar the band was playing a song about bad whiskey but after they saw Theo and Arthur peeking through the saloon doors they started playing My Favorite Things from Sound of Music and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
The boys kept putting money in their tip jar and the tourists thought it was adorable how they danced to the beat of every song. All and all we had a great time and plan to return on Saturday for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.