Jerome, AZJerome, yes it’s quaint sitting there perched on the side of Mingus Mtn. Lots of funky shops, restaurants, art galleries and of course the infamous Spirit Room. People watching seems to always be a favorite pastime with people sitting on the benched concrete wall on Main St.

May I make another suggestion for your entertainment? Take a ride down the hill (89A) towards Cottonwood – Clarkdale (4.5 miles). At the bottom of the hill go around the traffic circle 270 degrees. Take the first right. This will take you in to Clarkdale. Here is a website to get the history of this once bustling Arizona copper mining town. http://www.clarkdale.az.gov/history.html

Along the main street of Clarkdale are buildings dating back to the early 1900’s. In one of these is the Four Eight Wineworks, a wine tasting room where you can sample some of the wines from the various wineries around the area. The Tasting room manager, David Baird is very knowledgeable about the local wineries and wine in general and is very willing to share with those that ask. The tasting room is housed in and old bank and part of the original teller windows remain. For  $10.00 (plus tax of course) you can sample four wines from local wineries.

Just down the street in the Clarkdale High School building (once abandoned) is the Copper Art Museum. The curator and founder, Drake Meinke, of this amazing collection of artifacts and history of copper is a wealth of information about copper. Admission to the museum is very inexpensive given the vast content displayed. Like a dotting father, Drake will stop to ascertain you are enjoying the museum and is always willing to talk about copper.

Take the time to walk around and experience Arizona history. Hope you enjoy your visit to Clarkdale.

Mike Mazor
(602)-799-6999 • fax: (602)-482-3568

November 29, 2016    Along The Way