Jerome State Historic Park

Jerome State Historic Park

Jerome State Historic Park is an Arizona State Park in Jerome, Arizona. A museum is located in the old Douglas Mansion.

The Douglas Mansion

The Douglas Mansion has been an eye-catching landmark in Jerome since 1916, when Jimmy Douglas built it on the hill just above his Little Daisy Mine.

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.

He also built the Little Daisy Hotel near the mine as a dormitory for the miners. The concrete structure still stands. It was recently remodeled into a private residence.

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.

Park facilities

  • Historic mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Antique mining equipment
  • Mineral, ore, geology and mine-model displays
  • History exhibits, including many historic photographs
  • Video presentations
  • Picnic area with tables, restrooms and BIG red-rock views
  • Ample parking

History of the park

In 1962 the sons of Jimmy Douglas donated the Douglas Mansion to the State of Arizona. The Jerome State Historic Park opened in 1965. It has continued to develop its exhibits and expand its collection of historic artifacts and archival material. The park's mission is to interpret the history of the Douglas family and the history of Jerome in the mining era.

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