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Jerome Grand Hotel
Place - The Jerome Grand
200 Hill Street
Web-Site * 928-634-8200 * 888-817-6788
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Built on the very top
of Cleopatra Hill, this huge, 5 story Spanish Mission-style, building
is the highest public building in the entire Verde Valley. Jerome itself
is at 5000 elevation, and was built on the side of the Mingus mountain,
on Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley, about a 15 minute drive
up from the valley floor, and about 20 miles from the once large, profitable
copper mine, which was why the town of Jerome was built in the first place
in 1876. The building was made of concrete, poured in place on a 50 degree
slope, and still is considered an engineering feat to this day.
While the upper floors house the guest
rooms, the bottom floor houses the hotel lobby, the gift shop, a high-end
scale restaurant and the hotel kitchen. Walking into the lobby is like
walking into the 1920s era. The decorum and furniture reflect the time
period in which this building was constructed. The 1926, charming Otis
Elevator which serves all five floors is the oldest original "self service"
elevator in Arizona, and long known for its reliability.
The United Verde Hospital was built
in 1927 as a state of the art modern hospital, serving the copper mining
town Jerome, Verde Valley and surrounding communities. It was considered
the "most modern and well equipped hospital in Arizona and possible
the Western States."
It was built to be sturdy, and withstand
dynamite blasts of up to 260,000 pounds of dynamite felt from the mines
and was fire-proof. When it was closed in 1950, because the mine activity
was being phased out, it was still kept up to snuff as a hospital in case
it was needed in an emergency situation, until 1971.
However, around 1971, hardy artists
( some called them hippies) began to come to Jerome to join the remaining
population of 100 folks, to set up various arts and crafts shops, which
proved to be a tourist attraction, which means Jerome as a town wasn't
dead yet! Over the next 20 years, Jerome continued to attract tourist
dollars, which means it became profitable to open up other businesses
which cater to visitors. B and B's, and hotels became a profitable venture.
The time had come for the vacant old hospital building to transform into
a new existence as a high-class hotel.
In 1994, the building was bought from
the Phelps Dodge Mining Company, by the Altherr family, destined to open
in 1996 as Val Alan's Jerome Grand Hotel, after being historically renovated,
retaining 95% of it's original state. Because it was taken care of for
so many years and built to last, after the renovation it can be said that
the hotel is the best preserved building in Arizona.
Ghosts and manifestations can be seen
throughout the building, and don't plan to leave anytime soon!
The building had a reputation for
being haunted even during the time that The United Verde Hospital was
still up and running. A variety of manifestations
became evident to the patients, visitors and the personnel working there,
which still occur today.
1) The people in the hospital and
today in the hotel hear talking, coughing, hard breathing, moaning and
cries of distress from pain on every floor, which came not from the living
patients/people themselves but from past ones no longer there in bodily
form. Perhaps some of these manifestations originated from the deadly
flu epidemic which caused a high death toll in Jerome.
2) The Bearded Apparition of probably
a miner, or someone associated with the mining community - This friendly
fellow has haunted the building for many years. He liked to appear on
the floors and visit the living.
night duty nurse had just turned off the call lights, and had returned
downstairs. Imagine her annoyance when all the lights went on again.
Thinking it was the lone patient on this ward, she went upstairs to
scold the man, an invalid, who she found in bed where he was supposed
to be. The invalid told the nurse of this bearded man who glided down
the hall, turning on all the lights.
B) In another occurrence, a nurse
was about to leave a floor, when she saw a bearded man out of bed standing
at the very end of the hall. When she quickly approached him, the apparition
C) Guests of the hotel have seen
the bearded man and evidence of his presence on the floors, especially
the second and third floors.
3) The ghost of a little 6 year old
boy appears to guests on third floor, smiles and then disappears.
4) Very common occurrences which happen
daily as reported by the living are footsteps going up and down the halls
and stairs, fans which turn on and off by themselves, and locked doors
are unlocked during the evening hours.
5) A guest in room 32 watched in fascinated
horror as he saw the bathroom door in his room quietly open and close
6) Maids cleaning the empty rooms
and hallways are the favorite targets for the teasing entities who like
to get some chuckles at the living's expense. However, when the maids
tell them to stop, the teasing subsides for a couple of days.
A) Maids have heard someone calling
their names, when they were completely alone on the floor.
B) Doors to the rooms and the closet
doors have slammed shut on the maids.
C) One unseen entity didn't like
the loud vacuum in the hallway, and rudely rushed by the maid, in the
form of a strong, cold, unseen presence, nearly pushing her over..
7) Hotel employees who sit in the
Lobby sign-in desk seem to have plenty of unseen company.
A) The lobby doors have been known
to be opened by an unseen presence and closed, like someone was leaving
B) One employee was sitting at the
desk when she heard a commotion in the gift shop. She discovered that
the contents of the shelves were flying off the shelves, landing on
C) Another employee had arranged
the chairs in the area in the lobby right in front of the main desk.
She turned her back to attend to something else. When she turned around,
the chairs had been moved back.
D) Another employee sitting at the
desk, watched in fascination as the posted plaque of the hotel's rules,
lifted itself off the nail it was hanging on and flew to the middle
of the lobby carpet.
E) The main desk in the lobby often
gets phone calls from empty rooms.
F) The apparition of an old lady,
dressed in a fine white dress has appeared in the stairwell next to
8) The Haunting of Claude M. Harvey
- Definitely not a happy camper!
History: In 1936, the hospital's fireman
engineer, Claude M. Harvey, well-known by everyone in town as Scotty,
was found dead in the basement, when the elevator pinned him to the ground,
crushing his head. The elevator was in perfect working order, and Scotty
wasn't suicidal, which leaves the possibility that Scotty was murdered.
Unfortunately, there wasn't a CSI unit on duty during this time period,
and no forensic evidence that nowadays would be collected was available
to build a case against anyone, though there were several theories and
Someone perhaps got away with murder,
which may have caused Claude M. Harvey to haunt the building, especially
the hallways, lobby, stairs and basement area. Some say he won't rest
until the truth is known about his death, which was probably a murder.
Manifestations attributed to Claude
M. Harvey ...
A) Lights in the elevator shaft
have been seen. The sound of the creaking iron elevator has long been
heard throughout the building, even when the elevator was up on the
top floor, not being used when the building was vacant.
B) The shadowy figure of a man has
been seen in the basement, on the stairs, in other parts of the hotel,
often with an angry demeanor, making the living uncomfortable, but never
C) Employees sitting at the lobby
desk have felt an angry glare of a presence standing on the stairs.
The feeling becomes so strong that they look up and see this shadowy
figure standing on stairs. After being seen, it retreats up the stairs.
Oh yes indeed!
hotel has been investigated by ghost hunters and paranormal activity has
been recorded on film. This very haunted hotel is home to entities willing
to share the building with the living, who come to visit Jerome as tourists.
About half of the guests of The Grand Hotel come to hopefully experience
the ghosts as well, though it isn't guaranteed.
Large Pictures © Tom Carr.
Smaller room pictures are from the hotel's Web-Site.