Welcome to Jerome
When the mines petered out in 1953, Jerome's population plummeted from 15,000 to just 50 stalwarts, practically overnight. Then came the '60s, and scores of hippies with an eye for the town's latent charm. They snapped up crumbling buildings for pennies, more or less restored them and, along the way, injected a dose of artistic spirit that survives to this day inside the numerous galleries scattered across town. A bohemian joie de vivre permeates the place, and at times it seems like every shop is peddling wine, art and good times.