Mission Complete! On To Northern Arizona! (Page Four)
Jerome is a must see and Sedona was our destination... It's was only 62.8 miles from Prescott to Sedona so we took our time!
One hour and 35 minutes if we do not stop... All day, if we see the sights!
Highway 89A is well maintained
Did You Know? - State Route 89A (SR 89A) is an 83.85-mile (134.94 km) state highway that runs from Prescott north to Flagstaff in the U.S. state of Arizona. The highway begins at SR 89 and heads northward from Prescott, entering Jerome. From Jerome, the route then heads to Cottonwood and Sedona.
The highway is notable for its scenic value as it passes through Sedona and the Oak Creek Canyon. The route then enters Flagstaff, where it crosses Interstate 17 (I-17) and I-40. The highway ends at I-40 Business in Flagstaff. What is now SR 89A became a state highway in the late 1920s as SR 79. The highway was extended and improved several times through 1938. SR 79 was renumbered to U.S. Route 89A (US 89A) in 1941 and then to SR 89A in the early 1990s.
Loads of curves!
..and Jerome is high in the hills - Well above 5000 feet!
The roads were dry...
The driver gets to keep his eyes on the ground!
It's cold out there!
Down into the city of Jerome
Amazing tectonic plate movements
You can see forever
The geology is quite amazing!
The highway speed limit is fairly low...
Hang on... Turns ahead!
Passing the City Limits of Jerome
Built on the side of a mountain
Did You Know? - Jerome is a town in the Black Hills of Yavapai County in the State of Arizona. Founded in the late 19th century on Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley, it is more than 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above sea level. It is about 100 miles (160 km) north of Phoenix along State Route 89A between Sedona and Prescott. Supported in its heyday by rich copper mines, it was home to more than 10,000 people in the 1920s. As of the 2010 census, its population was 444.
The town owes its existence mainly to two ore bodies that formed about 1.75 billion years ago along a ring fault in the caldera of an undersea volcano. Tectonic plate movements, plate collisions, uplift, deposition, erosion, and other geologic processes eventually exposed the tip of one of the ore bodies and pushed the other close to the surface, both near Jerome.
In the late 19th century, the United Verde Mine, developed by William A. Clark, extracted ore bearing copper, gold, silver, and other metals from the larger of the two. The United Verde Extension (UVX) Mine, owned by James Douglas, Jr., depended on the other huge deposit. In total, the copper deposits discovered in the vicinity of Jerome were among the richest ever found in any time or place.
The street are quite narrow
Every home has a view
Close to a mile in the air!
Baby it's cold outside!
Did You Know? - Jerome is an enchanting town, and a photographer's paradise. From its external appearances it hasn't changed much in nearly 100 years. Many of the buildings used by present-day business folks are those built after the fires of 1894 and 1899. A number of the buildings have been restored and more are planned for restoration.
Due to the 30-degree incline of the mountainside, gravity has pulled a number of buildings down the slope. To the delight of some, one of those buildings was the town's jail. Those buildings still standing make for interesting visiting and with a little research you can find their historical significance. One notable section is the "Cribs District." You will find this area across the street from the English Kitchen, in a back alley where all the buildings were are part of Jerome's ill-famed "prostitution row."
The city was busy today
Built right on the side of the hill!
Amazing location but needed due to the mining activities
Down from the mountain into the valley and toward Sedona
Sedona Arizona! ... Stand by and have the beer ready!!
We Arrive In Sedona For The Evening
Did You Know? - Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that's surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. It's noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries. On the town's outskirts, numerous trail heads access Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking and picnicking spots.
John gets the beer ready!