Classic Historic Tour
(Jerome, Cottonwood and Clarkdale)
Photo courtesy of the Jerome Historical Society
|Departs from Sedona||Length: 4 1/2 hours|
When planning a trip to Arizona, a visit to Jerome and the Verde Valley are a “must do”. Recently voted as one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns” by BudgetTravel.com readers, the former mining town of Jerome is one of the most popular sites in Northern Arizona to visit. On this 4 ½ hour tour, our guide will pick you up at your hotel, resort, timeshare in one of our comfortable, climate-controlled vans. While your guide narrates the rich history of the Verde Valley, you will travel through historic Cottonwood, once called the “Bootleg Capital of Arizona” for good reason as you will learn.
From there, you will travel through historic Clarkdale, built by Senator Clark who owned the largest copper mine in Jerome. Clarkdale was designed as one of the first company towns in the United States. Next, begin your 1800 foot ascent up Mingus Mountain into Jerome. You will experience some of the most panoramic and awesome vistas anywhere in Arizona. Your guide will narrate historic stories and legends about this former Billion Dollar Copper Camp once known as “The Wickedest Town in the West”.
Upon your arrival in Jerome, you guide will drive you from the bottom to the top and all around this National Historic Landmark. You will be taken to back alleys, former brothel sites and other historic areas seldom seen by many visitors to this quaint, historic town.
Enjoy approximately 90 minutes on your own for shopping or lunch. We can share some special discounted lunch coupons from our local restaurants with you. Ask your guide!
SITES YOU WILL VISIT OR SEE:
- LEARN ABOUT THE RICH HISTORY OF SEDONA
- HISTORIC CLARKDALE AND COTTONWOOD
- JEROME’S FAMOUS SLIDING JAIL
- THE AUDREY HEADFRAME (Here you will gaze down 1900’ into an abandoned mine shaft)
- JEROME’S FAMOUS BROTHEL AREA
- THE UNITED VERDE COPPER COMPANY OWNED BY SENATOR WILLIAM A. CLARK
- THE LITTLE DAISY MINE OWNED BY JIMMY “RAWHIDE” DOUGLAS
- AND NUMEROUS OTHER HISTORIC SITES.