Friday, April 27, 2012


Jerome, Arizona, only about 15 miles from me geographically is a thousand light years from where I live in attitude.  It has been everything from a booming mining town with a population of 15,000 to a ghost town with a population of around 150.  Then the hippies came, finding cheap if not free housing.  Then artists.  Then retirees.

Currently Jerome is what many would call a tourist trap.  Dozens of art galleries and gift shops fill the town.  Real estate, which was dirt cheap when I first saw Jerome, is now expensive.  Because of underground blasting, the town on the side of a mountain lives on somewhat fragile ground.  If one buys an old house one finds it costs a lot to shore up the house with concrete.

But it's a great place with views to die for.  I love visiting it even on a Tuesday in April when the streets were jammed with tourists.

But, as I said at the beginning of this post, the town is thousands of light years from here, because of an apparent attitude of whimsy in the air.  Let me give you a couple of examples.

I have to give credit to my friend Judy, who takes and posts some amazing photographs at Prescott Area Daily Photo, including regular photos of these flamingos.  Whoever has adopted the roadside pink plastic birds decorates them regularly for holidays and special days.

Directly across the road is this mystery.

Some time in the distant past someone created this hillside parking space.  That old truck has been parked there behind iron bars for as long as I remember.  I don't know the story but perhaps someone who knows it will reveal the secret of the truck and it's owner.


  1. Our son CJ would love to get his hands on that car so he could restore it.

  2. Though the tires seem to be in a good shape...
    Love the post. :-))

  3. Must be worth something to be locked up,

  4. Oh those crazy birds! I have been neglecting them. I have never seen them dressed for Earth Day before. There used to be a wonderful red roadster behind those bars. Not surprisingly, I have a picture of it on my blog...somewhere.

  5. This Dodge truck, called “The Banana” was put here in 1985 after it was in an accident. It was placed there by a local businessman, Tracy Weisel, and his friends.

    Have Fun,

  6. Jeff, thanks for solving the mystery.