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Ghost Adventures, Aftershocks – Jerome Grand Hotel and Rolling Hills Asylum

Nothing kicks off a holiday weekend like giving Amazon more of my money, so I placed my $1.99 orders and saddled up to the old computer to catch up on what I’ve been missing on the paranormal show front in this year’s Season 3 episodes of “Ghost Adventures, Aftershocks.”

Jerome Grand street view

I love to watch the shows that cover places I’ve been to myself. The Jerome Grand Hotel episode had me wanting more footage of the actual hotel. Chris Altherr gave a very heartfelt recounting of his saving Bagans from the descending elevator (the same one where Claude Harvey died). Lonnie Anderson, and his wife, Renee, were fun to catch up with through the show, and I liked that they actually gave a positive story of an additional encounter that Lonnie experienced in his shop (located inside the Clubhouse). Kim Brasher, I can’t even talk to you right now, but I will be sending you a signed author’s copy of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel,” here in the next few weeks to thank you for the interview you gave us.

Rolling Hills Asylum
Rolling Hills Asylum

As to Rolling Hills, there were two new photos that I had not seen before that I found quite compelling. One was said to be of Roy, and the image showed a man’s torso, but not his legs. He was “standing” in front of a desk. If the photo were of a visitor, the legs of the desk would not have shown through! The other was a “scary” white face image outside the window of Emma’s room (45 feet off the ground). This was compelling to me because it reminded me of the photo I took at The Kehoe House in Savannah. I too, took a series of photos of the same window, just like this set that came out of Rolling Hills, and the face captured in both photos at these different locations shared very similar qualities. I have seen photos such as these one other time, and they were taken in the upstairs window at St. Albans in Radford, VA. I am no lighting expert, but of these three photos and three locations, the subject windows are all too high (seemingly) off the ground to be subject to any streetlight or headlights of passing cars.

Normally, I don’t get excited about other people’s “evidence,” but when you see something that matches what you’ve taken yourself, it makes you wonder.

Mostly, it makes me wonder why they are on the outside looking in, and if there can be any implications drawn by their positions. Are they not “allowed” in the building?

 

Jerome, AZ

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Castle National Monument

Leaving Phoenix with an overnight stay in Jerome, AZ in mind, a detour was made to check out the Montezuma Castle National Monument. These prehistoric cliff dwellings date back approximately 800 years! It is an amazing sight to see. Prior to 1951, visitors could actually ascend into the dwellings by climbing ladders.

Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot National Monument
Tuzigoot National Monument

The second detour was made to explore the ancient pueblos of Tuzigoot National Monument. You can still go inside the structures and walk all around the property. Great views are yours to be had if you climb all the way to the top.

Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

Gold King Mine
Gold King Mine

Once in Jerome, I just had to go check out the Gold King Mine & Ghost Town. I tempered my expectations, because I had no idea if it was for real or if it was a tourist trap. I still don’t know. But I did meet a great donkey named Pedro (who is on a diet, or at least was on a diet), and got some cool shots of the old junk cars.

Gold King Mine
Gold King Mine

As we were leaving, we somehow picked up a hitchhiker. He was as hairy as Sasquatch, with the skinniness of a meth-addled Shaggy. But, he was carrying a tiny Chihuahua with him, so I figured he was good people. As we proceeded down the short road leading back into downtown historic Jerome, the hitchhiker proceeded to offer up some of his best storytelling services to us – “You want to know about the town? I know all about this town.” I asked him how long he had lived in Jerome. His reply? About two months! Hysterical.

Jerome Grand Hotel & Jerome

Jerome Grand street view
Jerome Grand Hotel

The former circa 1926 United Verde Hospital is now the Jerome Grand Hotel. The hotel still utilizes a 1926 Otis Elevator that is very fun to use! You have to manually open the gate and doors and insert your old-fashioned (actual) room key to operate the elevator. There is much speculation about the supposed hauntings going on here at the Jerome Grand Hotel. The television show Ghost Adventures even featured the location on one of their episodes. The hotel offers ghost hunting packages on select days during the week. When the hospital closed in 1950, the building remained vacant for 44 years until renovations began for the hotel. You may find the accommodations a bit rustic, but you should strive to enjoy the Jerome Grand Hotel for what it is – a true piece of history. Today, it is a charming historic hotel that seems to be doing just fine from its position on top of the hill, looking down into the Verde Valley.

The town of Jerome is a haven for artists, and there is a thriving downtown area of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Jerome is also home to the 1918 Liberty Theatre, which is said to be the oldest silent movie house still in operation today. The whole town has a good buzz of energy about it. All in all, this was a good overnight visit on our way to Sedona.

Further reading:

http://www.nps.gov/moca/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/tuzi/index.htm

http://www.sedonaverdevalley.org/jerome/goldkingminejerome.html

http://www.jeromegrandhotel.com/

http://www.azjerome.com/jerome/

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