Originally a hospital for the copper mining town of Jerome, this hotel is home to many ghosts and manifestations dating back to 1927. Sitting at 5000 feet in elevation, this National Historic Landmark offers ghost hunting packages which includes a good old fashioned ghost hunt. Maybe you will meet the ghost of Claude M. Harvey, the hospital’s fireman engineer who is said to have been crushed to death by the elevator. He is known to appear in the basement and sometimes has some fun with the elevator. Going down?
A Spectral Sport – Ghost Hunting
Guests of the Jerome Grand Hotel, are offered one of the most unique experiences of any haunted attraction: The chance to go on an actual ghost hunt, complete with digital camera, EMF meter, and IR thermometer to aid in their search.
The hotel is five stories high, with guestrooms that are all notoriously haunted. One couple chose to mount a digital camera near the ceiling of their hotel room during their stay. A ghostly orb appears to float across the room and into the back of the woman’s head while she slept. The same white orb was again captured seeming to dance back and forth across the balcony of the couple’s suite. Numerous other encounters with the orb have been well documented by various hotel guests and a quick search online yields proof of the ethereal sightings.
History of a Ghost Town
Jerome Grand Hotel, which was once a state-of-the-art hospital, is believed to be one of the most haunted attractions in the United States. Situated in the town of Jerome Arizona, the hotel is among several haunted dwellings in what is now considered a ghost town. In the 1950’s, with its mines rich in copper, silver, and gold, Jerome was home to over 15,000 miners and their families. During World War II, the town continued to thrive, but two massive fires destroyed much of Jerome in the late 1890’s. In 1953, the mine closed and by 1955 the population of Jerome dwindled to fewer than 100 people.
The hospital, which was owned by the Phelps Dodge Mining Company, was closed in 1950 and the building remained unoccupied for the next 44 years.
In the 1970’s, Jerome began to breathe new life. A subculture of artists, curators, restaurateurs, and other creatives settled into the hillside and the community began to flourish once again. While this community has continued to thrive due to increasing tourism, Jerome is currently home to fewer than 500 residents.
The old hospital was purchased by the Altherr family in 1994, and opened as Jerome Grand Hotel in 1996. The building was so well preserved that to this day, it has retained 95% of its historical attributes.
Jerome Arizona is also known as “The World’s Most Vertical City” due to its intense steepness. It is located atop Cleopatra Hill and rises to a staggering 5,200 feet in altitude. The 30-degree incline has not been kind to many of the buildings that once dotted its slopes. While many of the original buildings were damaged or destroyed in the fires, others have succumbed to gravity, crumbling into heaps at Cleopatra’s feet. Of the buildings that have remained standing, many have been restored and transformed into restaurants, wineries, and gift shops.
Ghosts of the Jerome Grand Hotel
In the 1930’s, the body of the Verde Hospital’s maintenance man Claude Harvey was found at the bottom of a service elevator shaft. The elevator was found to be in working order and the death was investigated as a homicide. Several guests of the hotel, while acting as Paranormal Investigators, have reported a ghostly figure of Claude Harvey in the basement, staring vacantly at the closed elevator doors. Others have reported hearing a distant whistling; presumably the sounds of a man dutifully performing his maintenance routine, even from beyond the grave…
Considering the hotel served as a hospital in its previous incarnation, it is no surprise that guests often report the haunting wails and cries of its former inhabitants. Sounds of labored breathing, coughing, and screaming have oft been reported within the common areas, halls, and stairwells of the Jerome Grand Hotel. One such inhabitant is known as “the bearded man” and appears to “visit” numerous rooms on various floors of the hotel.
One of the most common sounds heard in any busy hospital is the first cry of a newborn babe. Guests of the hotel frequently report the sound of an infant crying. Callers have reported the sound to hotel staff, claiming to hear it coming from a neighboring room, only to learn that the room had not been occupied.
The hotel is even home to the ghostly form of a feline; numerous guests have reported feeling a ghost cat brushing up against their leg, leaving an imprint on the bed linens from its cat nap, and one guest even captured the phantom feline in a photograph. The picture was framed and still sits upon the front desk of the hotel.
Haunted Room 32
The most popular of all the rooms available for guests to retire after an evening of ghost hunting, is room 32. The room is well-known as the most haunted room in the hotel after having been the location of not one, but two grisly suicides… One man leapt from the balcony to his death, while another turned his gun on himself. Guests who dare attempt sleep in this room are awoken by the sounds of doors opening by themselves, and of water streaming from faucets that apparently turned themselves on full blast.
If hunting for ghosts at a historic hotel, decked out with high-tech paranormal detection equipment appeals to you, then Jerome Grand Hotel is where you should book your stay. The ghost hunt costs $30 per adult, $20 per child and is offered on select weeknights. And as an added bonus for you ghost hunters, you’ll receive a 10% discount on your stay, for as many nights as you dare.