This morning’s temperature at 7:15 a.m. was 29F. Brrr! But, by 8:20 a.m. it was 39F and warmed up to 61F and was sunny. Mesa days were bright blue sky while here the sky does have some cloud. It’s definitely cooler here but quite pleasant in the sun. I think Mesa is also getting cooler weather right now.
Gordon left before dawn to take sunrise photos and then was picking up Fred, the photographer that we met yesterday and going to Jerome.
- Jerome is located on top of Cleopatra Hill at 5,200 feet. Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp and grew from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community. Four fires destroyed large sections of the town during its early history resulting in the incorporation of the City of Jerome in 1899. Founded in 1876 it was once the fourth largest city in the Arizona Territory. The population peaked at 15,000 in the 1920’s and when the Depression of the 1930’s slowed the mining operation, the population dwindled to around 50. It was promoted as a historic ghost town.. In 1967 Jerome was designated a National Historic District and today is a thriving tourist and artist community with a population of around 450. The town sits above what was the largest copper mine in Arizona and produced 3 million pounds of copper per month. Men and women from all over the world made their way to Arizona to find work and a new way of life. Today the mines are not worked and Jerome has become the largest ghost town in America.
The park has really filled up today. Looks like a rally of hi low trailers plus a bunch of others. We now have neighbors on all sides but no one behind us yet.
Yesterday when we were at Fred and Nan’s house a couple of havelina happened by their front door right in the city of Sedona! I snapped a quick photo which is above.
Facts about the Javelina (pronounced Havelina)
- Collared Peccary (Javelina) is the only wild, native pig-like animal found in the United States
- They are called Javelina because of their razor-sharp tusks, Spanish for javelin or spear.
- You may smell a peccary before you see it.
- The prickly pear is ideal food for the Collared Peccary due to its high water content.
- Collared Peccary have poor eyesight and good hearing.