Why is it that with all of the technology available today that homes built do not last for a lifetime without crumbling to the ground, yet the ancient peoples built things that have lasted hundreds of years? The Montezuma Well and Castle is a national monument located near Camp Verde, Arizona. This is another place of serenity in Arizona. I didn’t want to leave. I felt really connected to the land and whomever else still occupied the place.
Old Tuscon is a pretty cool place. It’s set up as an old Western style “town” complete with original artifacts from all kinds of things. It’s a place where several Hollywood movies were filmed and photo shoots have been staged. These were a few of the shots I took while visiting. Go here to view more photos I took.
Only 25 cents to take a bath here
A little color by the desert train
Crooked Creek Cemetery (it’s pretend)
Railroad tracks – An actual train will take you for a ride.
Yesterday I posted some photos of Grotto Hill, located on the same grounds as San Xavier del Bac Mission. I have never been inside of a holy place with so many interesting things to look at. I have several more photos not posted on this blog that you can see here.
I must say that San Xavier del Bac Mission is one of the most interesting places I’ve visited. Seeing all of the ornate decorations on the inside of the church is probably a half day’s worth of time. For me personally, the entire place had a sense of peace surrounding it. Beside the church is Grotto Hill, which appears to have its own sense of holiness.
People that have followed me know that I enjoy taking cemetery photos, whether it be of angel statues, old tombstones, or other types of cemetery “activity”. I find cemeteries to be both peaceful and interesting places for stories. I often see a name and date and think, “What is that person’s untold story?”
These are some of the photos I took of the cemetery in Jerome, Arizona. Due to it being on a mountainside, taking a photo in which things do not look crooked was a challenge. Other than that, I think they have a pretty good view, one in which I wouldn’t object to when my life here is done.
Jerome, Arizona is about a mile high up a mountain located dead smack center of the state, north of Phoenix. The winding road up the mountain was a bit dizzying, and for someone like me who is afraid of heights, it can be frightening sitting in the passenger’s side looking down.
The views are beautiful, and when I saw an old rusted vehicle sitting in the valley, not only did it heighten my fear of heights, but it made me want to know the story behind the car.
Old car in valley of Jerome, Arizona
Car in the valley of Jerome, Arizona
These homes were located “in the middle of nowhere” on the drive up the Jerome mountain.
House on side of mountain
House on side of mountain in Jerome
Old truck in Jerome
The 24-Hour Mohawk Mini Mart wasn’t open at all, and from the looks of it, it hadn’t been open in quite some time.
Jerome Mini Mart open 24 hours – closed
Jerome has all sorts of abandoned and broken down buildings and remnants. I think that’s what makes the place so interesting.
If you like quirky things and old, ghostly towns, you’ll have to visit Jerome, Arizona. I plan to post more photos of the rest of my trip there, but in the meantime, this is a little junk artist’s place off of the side of the winding road 89A. He creates sculptures out of found objects and titles them appropriately, often with humor. It’s a great first-stop on your way into Jerome. Unfortunately, I don’t know the artist’s name, but if anyone else does please tell me so he can get the credit!