If you're in Sedona without a car :( or don't want to drive, you can still get to Jerome and do the historic tour. I first tried several days with the other Jerome tour company (very visible online), but they didn't have enough people coming from Sedona to warrant a pick up, even though I'm visiting during supposedly "the busiest time of the year." So I made it work on my own by using a new taxi service in Sedona called Sacred Sun run by Thor at 928-202-9394. He picked me up in an '85 luxury Jag and got me to Jerome and back safely for $100. He even did a detour on the way back to Sedona so that I could see Bell Rock and some other views of Sedona I hadn't yet seen. It was a pleasant ride and pleasant conversation with Thor and his partner Jen and they were early for pick up both times. Once in Jerome, Kenny from Ghost Town Tours met me, also early, and connected me with Wreckless Rick who gave us a great tour throughout Jerome that included both history and some ghost stories, such as the famous Cuban queen who ran a bordello there that still stands (mostly) today. Peggy Hicks, the author of The Ghost of the Cuban Queen Bordello, recounts her ghostly encounter with the Cuban queen who was at one time married to Jelly Roll Morton, involved in a kidnapping, and went by several other names. We also visited the copper mines that at one time made Jerome famous with a population of 15,000, a famous junkyard with old cars and trucks (got a nice close-up of a live rooster there!) and the gift shop where I bought the above book. It was an enjoyable day and Wreckless Rick is a font of knowledge and very accommodating. He even took me up to Douglas Mansion after the tour was over for a few extra bucks. Here you get greater insight into the men who ran the mines and how they lived through pictures, displays (including a huge central vacuum and a carbonator), and a great movie of the history of Jerome. What I like most about GhosTownTours is that it is LOCALLY owned and operated so that when the corporate tour businesses come into town, they can't buy out and fire the workers as these folks have already experienced. They are truly interested in protecting, promoting, and sharing the history of Jerome and not just making a buck. So don't miss Jerome when you're in Sedona! It's worth a day trip or even a half a day! I did all of the above from 10 to 2 (minus the drive which is only about 40 minutes). I'll try to post pictures when I get back home.
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