The American West is dotted with abandoned mining towns, including Jerome, which is close to some of Arizona's most popular destinations. Jerome was once a booming copper camp and, in the 1920s, the fourth-largest city in Arizona. When the mines closed in the mid-1950s, the population dropped to 42. Now the destination is known for its setting and quaint artist studios and galleries. And it also is said to be a center of paranormal activity--if you believe in such things.
Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times
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