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“Very Artsy”

Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town
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Mining Days Shuttle Tour in Jerome Arizona
Ranked #6 of 37 things to do in Jerome
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: $5 per person.A quirky collection of mining artifacts, old cars and collectibles, housed in over 15 buildings. Working sawmill. Animals
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Very Artsy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

We always love going to Jerome. It is an art gallery haven. They have opened more restaurants over the years. Fun way to spend a down day.

Visited May 2012
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“Historical artifacts or a junk yard? Yes.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

I was torn between 3 or 4 stars as it's a strange place to describe. It definitely has some cool old cars, motorcycles and tools but it also looks like a higgledy-piggledy junk yard. It's worth a look just from the curiosity perspective but don't let young kids walk around on their own as there's a lot of stuff lying around. For example, there's a pick-axe precariously balancing on a plank at the entrance to the mineshaft and it wouldn't take much to dislodge it.

Visited April 2013
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“Fun visit for kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Lots of vintage vehicles, old mine equipment, crazy little diversions, a surprise around every corner as you walk around the grounds.

Visited January 2013
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“Just the way things were and lots of it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

The signs on the way in effectively say to get ready to see the west the way it really was.
I would say one's initial impression is that it is one big junk yard.. and that's correct in many ways.

But, if you are an old guy like me, you will recognize a lot of it and wonder how and why it all found its way here.

I suspect you have never seen so much unusual stuff in one place. Some of it is huge equipment and engines and a lot of it still runs.

And the owner, Don, and his right-hand man appear to love showing it off and seem to honestly enjoy talking with you about what's there.

There's a working one-cylinder-gas-engine-driven sawmill that is idling most of the time but is periodically revved up to make some real demonstration cuts through logs or pre-sawn slabs.

There's another sawmill driven by a WWII diesel submarine engine.

And a HUGE 3-cylinder engine that once drive a town's generator.
It's name Big Bertha and they'll fire it up for $10.
Can't blame them, it probably sucks propane pretty fast.

Mostly, you will just wander around amazed at all the stuff that's there.
There's even an old schoolhouse with the desks in place.
For the most part, it and everything else is really just like it was meaning no attempts to restore/improve/clean it up or even protect it much.

Needless to say, I fully enjoyed it and my wife did the gift shop and went back to the car to enjoy her iPad.

Oh, ya... the admission fee is painted on the door and is based on your age.
Wheelchairs and over 75 are free I think and $5 is the max I think.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

I did not have time to go back to this on this trip but it is a fascinating walk through an outside museum.

Visited February 2013
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