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Thanks Tom and Kenny.
When the price of copper fell- during the early part of the 20th century- the mines closed and the town died. It WAS a ghost town until the hippies moved in (the '50s and '60s).
They kept the town alive, and did some minor repairs.
Then the "artists" discovered Jerome and began to move in. I lived there for two winters during that phase. They had some money and more buildings were brought back to life.
Also at that time tourism discovered the old town on the side of Mingus Mountain, and some outside money began to flow in.
I haven't been back for about 15 years, but I'd expect to see a lot of preservation going on, and few if any "modern-looking" buildings.
It's a neat old town- along the road from Sedona to Prescott (two other nifty destinations).