Douglas designed the house as a hotel for mining officials and investors as well as for his own family. It featured a wine cellar, billiard room, marble shower, steam heat, and, much ahead of its time, a central vacuum system. Douglas was most proud of the fact that the house was constructed of adobe bricks that were made on the site. The house is the largest adobe structure in Arizona.
The old mansion is now a museum devoted to history of the Jerome area and the Douglas family. The museum features exhibits of photographs, mining artifacts, and minerals in addition to a video presentation and a 3-D model of the town with its underground mines. One room, the Douglas library, is restored as a period room. There are more mining artifacts outside along with a picnic area offering a beautiful panoramic view of the Verde Valley and the red rocks of Sedona.
JEROME STATE HISTORIC PARK CELEBRATES STATE PARKS' 50 YEARS WITH 'MINING, MINERALS AND MUCKING' ON APRIL 21
Apr 10, 2007; The Arizona State Parks issued the following news release: Jerome State Historic Park will present "Mining, Minerals and Mucking"...