October 23, 2016

The Haunts of the Jerome Grand Hotel

Many have heard that the Jerome Grand Hotel is haunted--it's been featured on cable television.

But few know exactly what kinds of paranormal activity to expect if he or she is brave enough to stay there.

Would you spend the entire night if the following creepy things happened to you?

October 16, 2016

Viola Jimulia: America's First Chieftess

Sicatuva, also known as Viola Pelhame Jimulla, had a character and soul as mighty as Granite Mountain. She would have to call on every ounce of these qualities to guide her people through one of their lowest times in history.

In the 1930's, when the Prescott Yavapai were down to a population of around 50, Viola took over the role of chief (mayora,) of the tribe, even before her husband, Chief Sam "Red Ants" Jimulla, (pronounced gee-mew-LAH,) passed away in 1940, when he fell off his horse. (*1)

In fact, a December, 1936 Arizona Highways article stated: "As far as is known, Viola is the only woman in America to hold the position of tribal head;" (while the story curiously never mentioned Sam it all.) (*2)

October 9, 2016

The Terrible, Shoddy Construction of the Old Courthouse

The construction of the "Old" (2nd) Yavapai County Courthouse was so terrible, so shoddy--even slapstick--that a sane man might wonder if the Three Stooges didn't paste it together just prior to landing their gig on vaudeville!

Here now are seven cases in point:

October 2, 2016

The Forgotten Ghost Town of Placerita

Old Stone Cabin at Placerita, AZ.
Since this picture was taken, the roof reportedly has collapsed.
There are different types of ghost towns in Arizona, depending largely on the ease of access to them. Ghost towns located on well-travelled roads, like Jerome, really only used to be ghost towns and are now vibrant tourist stops.

Then there are the ghost towns located on dirt roads that still might have a ranching community or even a bar, like Cleator.

Finally, there are the true ghost towns that sit in the middle of the wilderness and are only accessible by foot trail.

Placerita, Arizona is one such "true" ghost town and offers a colorful history of gold, goats and several killings.