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The One And Future Ghost Town Of Jerome, Arizona

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#1 Captain Kundalini

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 08:35 PM

by Scott L. Spencer

Part One

When the White Settlers came to the Verde Valley, the first indiginous people that they encountered here
were the Yaqi People. They learned how to farm the land from them and afterward, told the Yaqi people that
they wanted to move up onto the mountain. The Yaqi looked at each other and then at the Settlers and said,
"No one goes up on the Mountain. Evil spirits dwell there."
Needless to say, the Settlers didn't listen. They built a tent city and as soon as they could get the materials
Houses went up, then stores and Hotels.
A man from the East came out to Jerome. His name was William Clark. He bought a Mining operation in the area
for $300,000.00. It was Clark who discovered that the mountain sat on top of a veritable Mother Lode of Copper!
Clark promised to pay handsomely. People came from miles around to share in the wealth and work in the mining
tunnels and shafts. Jerome became a boomtown and was established in 1899, but as it is with all earthly places,
Evil came in and staked its claim.
Casinos and Bordellos came in. The Law came in and attempted to staunch the flow of violence and prostitution.
One of those men was a Lawman from Nevada by name of Johnny Hudgens. His boyish good looks told nothing of his
nerves of steel, his iron will and his marksmanship with a gun.
One day, Johnny was warned to get out of town because four locals were gunning for him. The young Deputy went
out to check it out. He stood out in fromnt of the hardware store and sure enough, 4 armed meen walked out,locked
and loaded.
Johnny ordered the men to stand down. Needless to say, they didn't go for that, but instead went for the guns.
Before they even knew what was happening, Johnny drew both his pistols and fired multiple times. Three of the
four men fell dead. The other one took off running, firing at Johnny as he did so. Johnny stood calmly as
he took aim and fired. His final bullet smashed into the running mans head, killing him instantly.
While the gunplay slowed, the gambling and Prostitution did not.
One particular "lady" had the job of standing out on the balcony and looking pretty. The son of a well to do family
met and fell in love with her and even went as far as to announce to his family that he would ask her to be his wife.
He took her out that night, wined and dined her and proposed.
She turned him down flat and left him to pay the bill.
Two days later, a friend of the lady found her in a field, staring blankly up at the sky, dead.
She'd been strangled.
Not long after, the jilted lover disappeared from town.
The ghost of this woman has been seen walking from the Bordello to the place where she was found dead.

Edited by Captain Kundalini, 25 February 2016 - 08:36 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 06:57 PM

Well done Captain. I like it.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 11:02 PM

In 1918, the town was recovering after a mining strike, but then something worse hit the area. The Spanish Flu epidemic.
The two hospitals were swamped. The morgue started filling up. Another problem arose when the cemetery here ran out of space.
Over ten thousand people died. The cemetery was filled at 3,000. In spite of this, no corpses or body parts left the town or the county.
WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THOSE BODIES?  They weren't thrown down the Mine shafts. The mines were still open and running at
peak efficiency.
The whispers started and the rumors spread quickly. People looked with a slow, dawning horror at the Smelting Plant.
Temperatures there were often required to get up to and sometimes over 2,000 degrees F.
The ore was refined and whatever was left behind was used to build sidewalks, building corners.
It is said that the human cremains lie under the feet of the people who walk these streets.
That means that a lot of people didn't get a decent burial, Christian or otherwise.
If the Yaqui thought that this place was cursed, it is even more so now.

The parents of two infant twins died during the Flu epidemic. It is widely known that orphans did not fare well in those times.
She went to check on the twins and was gone longer than necessary. A Doctor went searching for her and went into the the baby's room.
To his horror, he caught the nurse injecting the infants with something. The solution contained water, blood thinner and contaminated blood;
blood contaminated with Spanish Flu virus. She was restrained until the Police arrived and then arrested and taken to jail.
A lynch mob gathered and demanded that she be given over to them. She somehow escaped, cheating the hangman and fled to Phoenix where
she changed her name. She disappeared into obscurity....until her ghost was seen walking around the site of the old hospital filled with remorse, and begging forgiveness .

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 01:47 AM

Sounds like that town's history would make a good Horror movie!
One does have to wonder where all the body's went! ....yikes!
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