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LEARN ABOUT ARIZONA’S HISTORY WHILE VISITING ONE OF THE GRANDEST RESIDENCES IN THE STATE. NOT MANY TOWNS HAVE A HISTORIC MANSION OVERLOOKING THEM, BUT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE. GAZE OUT ONTO THE MINING SITE BELOW THE HOUSE AND IMAGINE A TIME WHEN THIS AREA WAS BUSTLING WITH THE ACTIVITY OF MINERS AND TOWNSPEOPLE.
A landmark in Jerome, Arizona since 1916, the Douglas Mansion was built by mining mogul James “Rawhide Jimmy” Douglas on a hill, overlooking his Little Daisy Mine. Douglas built the home to be used as a hotel for mining officials and investors as well as a home for his family. With notable features including a wine cellar, billiard room, marble shower, steam heat, and a central vacuum system, the mansion was far ahead of its time. Douglas was especially proud that the house was constructed of adobe bricks made on site.
Today, the house is a museum devoted to the Douglas family history and history of Jerome. Filled with exhibits of photographs, artifacts, and minerals, plus a 3-D model of the town and underground mines, this mansion lets visitors step back in time to experience Arizona at the height of the copper boom.
There are lots of options for lodging in Jerome, including inns, vacation rentals, hotels, and the stately historic Jerome Grand Hotel, built in 1926 as a hospital. The hospital even had Arizona’s first self-service elevator.
Jerome State Historic Park: Open daily, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Museum: Open daily, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Park Entrance Fees:
Youth (ages 7 – 13): $4
Child (6 and under): Free
Jerome State Historic Park
100 Douglas Rd.
Jerome, AZ 86331