Saturday, December 13, 2014

~~Wicked, Wicked "HO" Town, AZ~~

Jerome, AZ, once designated as the "wickedest town in the west" is situated at 5200 feet elevation between Prescott and Flagstaff. Now, Jerome is destination, as it attracts visitors from all over the world interested in ghost towns, interesting topography and arts.

Founded in 1876 as a copper-mining town, Jerome attracted thousands of hopeful new miners from over 20 countries. In the 1920's, city limits bulged at over 15,000 people.  Today, the town's population nears 400.

Because most of the early settlers were men, the town attracted many women looking for work in the world's oldest profession to entertain the men and otherwise keep them company.

In fact, one of the streets is lovingly designated as "prostitution row."

"House of Joy"

The people of Jerome take their history in stride, even making fun of it during the holiday season. Along with peace and joy to the world symbols displayed around town, you will also see many "HO" signs.

~~Wicked, Wicked, HO Town, Arizona~~