Paranormal tourism has been a popular trend in recent years, especially with the adventurous crowd. There actually are a few companies that specialize in western paranormal tour bus excursions and organized paranormal events, so nobody has to hunt down the supernatural on their own in this modern age. There are paranormal tours that cruise the borders of Area 51 and Roswell looking for UFOs and aliens. There are paranormal tours of the many Boot Hill graveyards in the old historic wild west towns where outlaw gunfights were commonplace. There are tours of old haunted gold mines and old wild west ghost towns. In the old historic Jerome Ghost Town, there are tours of the spooky old hospital on top of the hill and there is even a place to get an authentic Haunted Hamburger!
Jerome, Arizona is like no other western ghost town for a multitude of reasons. First of all, the town of Jerome was the richest copper mining camp in the world. The location of Jerome is rather unique, as in how this town was built on a steep mountain slope. Because of this unusual terrain, many of the old buildings have slid downhill or they simply crumbled apart after the foundations broke loose, so there are a lot of mysterious missing pieces when touring the city limits. Jerome is a living ghost town and the weekend warrior party animals simply love drinking at the watering holes in this place. Jerome also happens to be haunted, which sets this place apart from other historic towns that are labeled with the ghost town moniker just to signify that nobody lives there anymore.
When visiting Jerome a tourist will find organized paranormal tours, crystal ball seance parlors, paranormal detective shops, haunted saloons, a haunted brothel, a haunted hospital and a couple of haunted dining destinations. One of the dining destinations is called The Asylum, which is conveniently located on Hill Street inside the Jerome Grand Hotel, which used to be the hospital for this mining community. Just a few blocks downhill is where the creepy old doctor’s residence buildings still stand, which have been converted into a bed & breakfast establishment.
Jerome Ghost Town truly is haunted and this paranormal destination even has an old early 1900s hospital high on top of the hill, which is a classic topic choice for a great horror story. The creepy old haunted hospital is now a luxurious hotel in modern times that openly promotes its paranormal heritage. The haunted hotel that used to be an old dreaded saw bones hospital now even has a restaurant called The Asylum. This entire scenario definitely has the making of a classic low budget horror movie, which to the delight of paranormal oriented tourists is like a dream come true!
The Jerome Grand Hotel definitely has a classic spooky look when gazing upon this building from a distance. The narrow access road and the old doctor’s homes located along the way to the front door add to the chilling effect. When finally arriving to get a closer look at the old haunted hospital during daylight hours, a visitor becomes thankful that the sun has not yet set in the west, because this eerie place is even creepier after dark! The Jerome Grand Hotel hosts ghostly events of their own as well and dining at the Asylum is always an option for good spirits. For those who are interested in paranormal tourism ventures, there is no better place to begin than at the haunted hospital hotel on top of the hill!
Haunted Hamburger is one of the few buildings that has not slid downhill near the old creepy hospital hotel and this building was abandoned for many years. After an extensive restoration project, the old decrepit building was brought up to code and the Haunted Hamburger restaurant opened its doors. Haunted Hamburger has been the top casual dining destination in Jerome Ghost Town ever since!
Haunted Hamburger definitely is a tourist trap restaurant and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! Western tourist trap restaurants are always provide fun that will entertain guests of all ages. Haunted Hamburger has a gift shop, just like most western tourist trap restaurants do and there are some nifty items on the shelves that make great conversation pieces back home. This paranormal restaurant also has a couple of seating areas. The open air veranda offers views of the entire valley below and the San Francisco Peaks can be seen in the distance. The craft beer is ice cold and the Haunted Hamburger on the menu is one of the best burgers in the west, so this definitely the place to feed the hungry ghosts in the belly!
Doing lunch at Haunted Hamburger and dinner at the Asylum in the creepy old hospital hotel sure is the means for enjoying paranormal dining to its fullest extent. Very few other ghost towns offer what Jerome is famous for, so it is best to go for the ghostly gusto while there. Partying with the apparitions is what it is all about in good old Jerome Ghost Town!
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