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On the drive from Phoenix to Sedona, Arizona, back in November, we stopped in Jerome, called "the wickedest town in the West" in 1903
because of its prostitution, gambling and vice.  Today it is a fabulous tourist mecca in the Wild, Wild West genre.

Why I didn't start here, I don't know, but THIS is main-street Jerome!  City center!
And I'm guessing 1898 Hotel Connor was the center of the "prostitution, gambling and vice!"
Now you know.

City Center

On the drive from Phoenix to Sedona, Arizona, back in November, we stopped in Jerome, called "the wickedest town in the West" in 1903
because of its prostitution, gambling and vice.  Today it is a fabulous tourist mecca in the Wild, Wild West genre.

Why I didn't start here, I don't know, but THIS is main-street Jerome!  City center!
And I'm guessing 1898 Hotel Connor was the center of the "prostitution, gambling and vice!"
Now you know.

comments (50)

Beautiful view from this angle Ginnie. Excellent capture of this historic hotel. Love the background landscape and cloud filled sky, this looks like a lovely area and interesting place to visit.
Ginnie Hart: If you like the feel of the Wild, Wild West, John, with the vast, open desert, you'd love this neck of the woods. smile Thanks.
It seems a stamp removed from the best films of the American West! Well donates
Ginnie Hart: This is definitely THAT place, José Angel. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 19 Jan 2009, 01:17
Great image with a fantastic backdrop
Ginnie Hart: No wonder it's a tourist mecca, Zed, right?!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Jan 2009, 01:40
You've given it an authentic "frontier town" feel, Ginnie. I can almost see the winking red light just below the hotel name sign.

This is a great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Definitely a frontier feel, Ray. It was almost surreal!
Amazing photos. The authenticity of the building is still maintained until now ... I love it. I am happy to see the detail and color photos. Regards from Yogyakarta City Indonesia.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure they do everything in their power to maintain the original look to this little town, Bram! Thanks.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 19 Jan 2009, 01:49
Who knows what vice went on behind those windows... wink
Ginnie Hart: Our curious minds want to know, Larry...but do we REALLY want to know!?! smile HA!
I look on that picture for a long time.

I like these kind of old buildings.

It seems to be a little town with the desert just behind.

There is so much atmosphere in this shot.

Very nice!
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely one of our old-West towns, Rémi, preserved for all the tourists to see what it was like back then! Merci.
  • Rian
  • Bermuda
  • 19 Jan 2009, 03:31
cool piece of the wild, wild, west history.. grin the scenery in the background is really cool too.. nice shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: That background is where I started this series, Rian, with the mine! smile It really is quite the place to see.
This has got so much CHARACTER Ginnie: a lovely shot indeed!
Ginnie Hart: I am so glad they have preserved this place for all us tourists to see, Chris. smile
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 19 Jan 2009, 05:04
Very nicely framed Ginnie! Sure does look like a scene from an old American West film, sorta like a Hollywood stage. Excellent shot!
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Liang. That makes me wonder if they have ever shot a movie here???
toujours ta palette de couleurs en retenue! j'adore
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear O-P.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 19 Jan 2009, 07:24
Great capture Spirt room are we talking drinks I hope or is something else.Love the brick work.
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing it IS drinks, Vintage. But one does wonder what spirits still roam the halls/walls. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 19 Jan 2009, 07:56
Great image, love the light and the point of view. Beautiful backdrop also.
Ginnie Hart: Because the town is situated on the side of a hill, Frida, there are many levels to this place. That was part of the fun of it! smile
If walls could talk Ginnie grin
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Bill! smile
replace the cars with horses and the tarmac with a dust track and it would be back in the wild west years of the 19th century. Great richard
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Richard. I thought the same thing!!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jan 2009, 09:26
I'm just waiting for the saloon doors to swing open and a pair of men come tumbling out, brawling in the dirt! Love all the detail here Ginnie - how do you manage to get your pictures so crisp and clear?
Ginnie Hart: I actually had several pictures of people going in and out, Ingrid, but because they looked too much like tourists (because they WERE!), I decided to opt for the imagination side of things...which you have captured so well. smile

I do usually sharpen my images, of course, but I think my Canon lenses (with the red ring) also help a lot! Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • 3rd Stone From the Sun
  • 19 Jan 2009, 09:55
Such a faded palette - I can almost hear the tinkling of the ivories on the honky tonk piano.
Ginnie Hart: Ahhh. Now that's a thought I hadn't had yet, Mike. Thanks! smile
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jan 2009, 09:57
A Grand view Ginnie, niely processed as well but I do wonder what the two blue items are on the roof of the taller building.
Ginnie Hart: I wondered the same thing, Les. I wonder if it's tarps covering the A/C units? It wasn't hot at the end of November, so I wondered if they just cover the units to protect them? Who knows. But I do like your curiosity. smile
great high angle Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: The town sits on the side of a hill, Chantal, so there were all kinds of vantage points. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Jan 2009, 10:06
Dus hier begon het allemaal....grin.... This is Wild West to me....just picturing wagons and horses, cowboys..the piano....hope nobody shoots the piano player before he could finish his song...
Wonderful picture, Main street Jerome....if only the walls could talk......
Ontzettend mooie foto, great framing by the trees.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, this is where it all started as we drove into town, Astrid. Because the town is set into the side of a hill, it has all these different levels for great vantage points. It would have been fun to spend the night there...in that hotel. I wonder if we would have seen ghosts...or heard whispers?! smile
What a superb capture Ginnie. Lighting and colours are fabulous!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Jan 2009, 10:22
Yes, a feeling of past times, of lost times, the traces of decay can't be overlooked- you have chosen a fine perspective so that we have a wide/deep outlook to the Wild West looking landscape and self the shadows of the clouds on the mountains can be seen! Interesting the name "Spirit room"- what kind of 'spirit'? That's the question!
Ginnie Hart: The previous photos in this series, Philine, are all from down that street looking off to the desert where the mine is. I love the Spirit Room...left to the imagination! You can actually reserve a room there at the hotel. Would you see ghosts or hear whispers from the walls? smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Jan 2009, 10:42
That spirit room suggests that one can come chase the spirits of some old madams in there - all that is left of the 'good' times.

Great picture and a lovely old building. Excellent view of the long distance in the background.

Looking at the shape of the building next to the hotel, it must have been the movie house - it must have been a raunchy movie house then.
Ginnie Hart: We can just let our imaginations run wild, can't we, Louis. grin Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Hot and Sunny Brisbane
  • 19 Jan 2009, 11:24
Terrific image Ginnie, I wouldn't have imagined that there were places left that looked so "matinee" western movie. (Went every Sat. afternoon as a girl.)
Ginnie Hart: I know, Aussie! It's the kind of place that makes us smile, realizing what all those movies were based on!
  • Chad Doveton
  • location location location.
  • 19 Jan 2009, 11:25
I really fancy visiting this place, Ginnie. It just looks so different to whT I AM USED TO.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Chad...and very different from what WE'RE used to, as well. smile
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 19 Jan 2009, 11:27
enjoying the vintage feel you've been giving your shots
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir! smile
I can just imagine, after seeing all those old westerns. Fabulous!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Mary. Hard to believe these places still exist!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Jan 2009, 11:44
I bet there was a lot of spirit in more ways than one in that bar Ginnie and the road sign says do not enter, very apt for such a place of ill repute.
Great tones used again Musketeer.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tracy. You are a keen observer, Musketeer! smile
  • david
  • United States
  • 19 Jan 2009, 12:10
this has a real wild-west feel. i like it!!
Ginnie Hart: Just think how hard they work to preserve the feel, David! smile
  • NarB
  • France
  • 19 Jan 2009, 13:49
Very beautiful framing and soft atmosphere I like!
Ginnie Hart: This is our Wild-Wild West, NarB. Merci.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 19 Jan 2009, 14:22
Nice shot for this "wickedest town" Ginnie. The angle and the composition gives a sniper's viewpoint
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Thomas. I watched many a person come in and out of those doors...a perfect target. smile
Un acabado maravilloso. Me gusta el procesado utilizado y el punto de vista tambien es muy bueno. Saludos.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, gracias, Enric. That means a lot.
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jan 2009, 15:28
If you got rid of that car and parked (not sure what the correct term for parking a horse is!) a horse there you'd have a scene straight out of the movies!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Padraig. I love the idea. smile
  • Brian Walbey
  • England & sorting out the loft today.
  • 19 Jan 2009, 16:49
One of your best Ginnie, great colours and tones and how good to see the old place is still there after 110 years.
Ginnie Hart: For us here in America, Brian, 110 years is a loooong time. grin Thanks.
That is super. I love old buildings like that. Stunning shot.
Ginnie Hart: Nothing like the old Wild West, Michael, right?! smile Thanks.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 19 Jan 2009, 17:49
Ginnie, it's always a pleasure for me to visit your blog .. realy pure meditation .. you have a great feeling for motifs, colors and fine sharpness. This compositons works so well ... i feel 100 years back ;-) .. have a nice week
Ginnie Hart: And YOU always know how to make my day, Klaus! Danke!
A facinating picture Ginnie...We love these old buildings of the Wild West...and judging from the comments..it sure was WILD...Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Ron. This surely is a thing of our past! Thanks.
thats one superb shot there Ginnie with so much to admire about it, great depth too, super stuffsmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. It was a very fun place to visit!
  • martie
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2009, 03:08
Excellent composition, Ginnie. It looks like this group of buildings is about the last for a long, long time. I love that the hotel is so well kep up. The old buildings around here are in a terrible state - even the ones still in use!
Ginnie Hart: I guess when enough tourists pour into a town like this, it pays to keep it up, Martie! Thanks.
A fine photo with an interesting history. I love some of the details like 'spirit room' and the remnants of a sign on the grey wall.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Wim. Those are the touches that are soulful to me! Bedankt.
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 20 Jan 2009, 09:40
I love contrast between building colors and the background. nice work indeed.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Arash. Thank you.
I like the atmosphere which is shown on this picture.
Even I like old buildins, so keep going on with shooting them. Great shot!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your vote of confidence, Kavita. smile
Seems to be a new wild west with todays horses ... but with ancient hotel. I must say that I believe I am in 1903 !! Maybe still exists prostitution cause, you know, when u have a lot tourists, you get vice too. Hello from Asia for the moment .
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Martial. The vice continues on with us from generation to generation, sad but true! Merci.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 20 Jan 2009, 22:50
So beautiful, Ginnie. Must have been a wonderful experience to stay there.
Ginnie Hart: We didn't actually stay there, Sherri, except for a walk-around for a good two hours, maybe. It would have been fun to spend the night there except that we were close to our destination in Sedona. I do recommend the stop if ever you're in the area.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2009, 00:20
A wonderful old hotel. Love how you captured the mountains in the background. Nice sense of timelessness.....
Ginnie Hart: It was all there in the shot, Marcie, which was so enthralling! smile
  • vera
  • France
  • 21 Jan 2009, 11:30
better than a moderne motel!!
Ginnie Hart: HA! For sure, Vera. Presentation is everything. smile
  • namaki
  • France
  • 21 Jan 2009, 23:30
this is very interesting ! I like the sharpness of the shot AND the desert in the background !!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Namaki. It's a fun place to visit. smile
Good capture, it likes a farwest village. I like very much.Bye
Ginnie Hart: Very far and wild west, Enfokme! smile Gracias.
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Feb 2009, 19:46
Goodness! This is a wonderful little area to shoot, and I think your placement is superbly well judged. The storm clouds brewing look pretty formidable too ... really nice shot Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ian, for stopping by and commenting here.
  • clarence
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2009, 19:38
I want to go there.
Ginnie Hart: You should, Clarence. You'd love it!!! A great photo op!!! smile

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