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“Interesting Place and Interesting People” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town

Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town
Jerome, AZ
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Ranked #13 of 31 things to do in Jerome
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Owner description: A quirky collection of mining artifacts, old cars and collectibles, housed in over 15 buildings.
Leesburg, Florida
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“Interesting Place and Interesting People”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

Step back in time with a collection of aged buildings littered with antique cars, tools, and engines. The owner of the ghost town, who appears to be a "mountain man" can be seen cutting huge logs into lumber with his old time saw mills. Lot's to see and photograph for a nominal $5 entry fee. Purchase a little bag of feed (.50) for the various farm animals you will see for more fun I recommend going early as Jerome is 1 Mile about sea level and the sun sure takes it out of you at that altitude. Allow about 1.5-2hrs to see everything- then eat at the Haunted Hamburger when you head back into Jerome

Visited June 2011
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Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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“Does Jerome know what a 'ghost town' is?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2011

Jerome, AZ may have been a ghost town in the past, but it is not that any more. In fact, I come from a town that has roughly the same population along with empty buildings and I know I don't live in a ghost town. This hasn't stopped Jerome from claiming to be a "ghost town" and tricking everyone into thinking they'll see a town abandoned to history when in reality it is just a quaint arts community that has a few run-down spots here or there. One of the biggest attractions is the Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town.

I don't personally know the owners. They may be nice people, but this does not excuse them for lying about their operation. Museum? Try gift shop with novelty items and books you could find other places. Ghost town? Try a sprawling mechanic's junkyard with working and non-working vehicles, animals randomly wandering about, and a mine that you won't get a tour of or even go into.

If you're a lover of old vehicles, then you'll probably love this place. Most of the "good" reviews on this site dump praise on seeing these antiques and getting to talk to a mechanic who takes pride in his work. Again this would be all fine and dandy if this place was advertised as "Antique Vehicles and Junkyard That Happens to Have an Inaccessible Mine on the Property", but it's not. It's a scam to trick tourists run by a very desperate couple. I literally had to drive though dirt roads in the middle of nowhere and scale the winding side of a mountain on a one-lane unrailed road constantly worrying about the possibility of death just to get to this tourist trap. Jerome, AZ needs to be recognized for its own merits as an arts community rather than their pathetic attempts to mislead tourists for profit. It just reflects badly on them and makes a disrespectful mockery of their past.

Visited August 2010
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Chicago ILL
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“Run as fast as you can”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

This place is a waste of time.Run don't walk get out. There is $10.oo fee to view lots of old junk. No tour no talk no nothin. Then another $10.00 fee to pan for gold. If there was a tour guide to tell you what your looking at it might be worth the expence.
I asked for & got my money back...

Visited June 2011
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Peoria Az
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“You have to appreciate history and junk yard antiques”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

YES, this is a junk yard but we had the opportunity to talk with Don Robertson aka Grandpa Don. We asked him a question about the old saw mill and we were engaged with his conversation from the get go. He said, "Come on closer in and see how this thing works" & we did! My husband caught an old Harley in the corner of his eye and he asked if it ran? Don jumped on this WWII Harley, and it 2 starts, he was running donuts around us! Don isn't about saving his machinery and automobiles to get rich, he's about preserving history.

Visited June 2011
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Milford, Utah
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“Don't miss this place!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

What a wonder place to visit!! Yes, there are a lot of vintage trucks...No it's not a junk yard! It's full of historical mining equipment, tools and buildings...just remember people had to hand make a lot of the equipment and tools you'll see. You are free to roam the property, and most everything is accessable, you can put your hands on the rare vehicles and equipment. Some of these old trucks are super rare, and deserve a nice "resting place"...these vehicles were part of building our country. Hopefully, you'll get to meet the owner Don Robertson...what an interesting person! Also, the mechanic running the old saw wheel is super friendly and will answer any questions. Pack some beverages and snacks because you need a few hours to really take in everything.

Visited June 2011
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