54th Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour @ Spook Hall
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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the chieftz house photo by michael thompson
photo by Michael Thompson

The Jerome Chamber of Commerce is preparing its yearly exploration of the back streets of this historic mining town with the 54th Annual Home and Building Tour. Save the dates of May 18 – 19, 2019 for a look at some totally renovated gems in the mile-high town. Guests will be driven by shuttle on some very interesting Jerome winding roads that most people have never even noticed.

This year’s tour will include The Radio House, originally owned by Gussie and Harry Mader and built in 1919. The Maders were ham radio operators and there are artifacts from this hobby imbedded in the walls of this charming miners shack. Visitors are in for a special look back in time to life in the mining town and the simple architecture and lifestyle of Jerome. There will be a 600’ walk down a private road to get to the home so come prepared with comfortable walking shoes.

Boiler photo by Michael Thompson

The tour continues to The Reber House, built by a mining executive for his bride in 1917 and now completely renovated by a couple from California. Most of the masterful work was done by the man of the house who is a skilled craftsman and was born in Jerome. Continuing to The Teacher’s House, this 1928 home has been continually occupied by teachers. It was selected for the HG TV Show Boomtown Builder and is beautifully updated and reworked to fit the lifestyle of the 21st century. Continuing down the hill to a garden section of town, the Gutierrez House has just had a major change and now has a second story master suite, some quirky surprises and a fabulous garden. For a modern look at Jerome, The Kinsella Home will be on tour for the second time in ten years, now reworked into the ultimate mancave but with the original spectacular million-dollar views. The tour is completed at the sub-basement of The Sullivan Hotel for a look at an amazing piece of history. We will be showing the 1915 Boiler which was state of the art at the time.

Park out at the 300 level and a bus will bring you to town to Spook Hall. The Tour starts with ticket sales at this original JC Penney on Hull Avenue. Adults will pay $25 and $10 for kids. Free for children under 3. There will be lots of steps and walking so come prepared for an adventure. First Tour starts at 9am and the last tickets of the day are sold at 3pm. Leave yourself 2-4 hours for this event. Participants will take a van ride to most locations with a few within walking distance of each other. The tour is not handicapped accessible.

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Jerome Jamboree XXIX @ Gold King Mine & Ghost Town
Sep 26 – Sep 29 all-day

the volkwagens gather at the gold king mine in 2008Once again the Gold King Mine & Ghost Town will play host to literally hundreds of classic Volkswagen’s, let alone the availability of hundreds if not thousands of parts and many friendships to be had.  Once a year in September, the Arizona Bus Club organizes the Jerome Jamboree.  The old softball field at the Gold King Mine offers the acreage needed to display so many VW’s as well as house folks for the weekend.  Each year, the Arizona Bus Club purchases a Volkswagen Transporter to be overhauled, cleaned up and made oh so purty.  The next step is to transport the VW up to the Gold King Mine where you can purchase a chance to win the VW Transporter on the final morning, Sunday.  In between, you can expect many happenings and goings on, just take a walk around and strike up some conversations.  Don’t forget your camera!

Content from the Arizona Bus Club Website:

The Arizona Bus Club is an Arizona-based, family-oriented club, dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and enjoyment of the Volkswagen Transporter. We are a collection of drivers and hobbyists whose preferred mode of transportation is old VWs, preferably buses. If that sounds like the kind of crowd you’d like to hang out with, come to our monthly general meeting or look us up at a show. The club is open to all Type II owners and all VW enthusiasts.

the l,ate don robertson draws the winning ticketEvery year the ABC raffles off a VW bus at our big event, the “Jerome Jamboree” in Jerome, AZ usually (but not always) the third weekend in September.

Raffle tickets are sold only at the event and YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!