I was excited to discover that there was a ghost town near Sedona, Arizona. Visions of the Brady Bunch episode where the Bradys travel to a deserted old west ghost town filled my mind. (If you haven’t seen it, try to. It’s goofy.) I joked to a friend of mine that I’d be sure to wear a belt and socks since that was integral to the Bradys being able to escape from an old time jail they’d been locked into by a prospector who wanted to steal their car. I was seriously set to re-enact that.
But Jerome, Arizona is nothing like that television ghost town. It is a cliffside town full of expensive specialty shops, art galleries, wine shops and restaurants. There is a an old mine/ghost town area you can pay to tour, but the timings didn’t fit our schedule, so we stuck to the quaint little downtown area and browsed through shops. The one that stood out most was a kaleidoscope shop with a variety of kaleidoscopes ranging from $20-$20,000! We stepped carefully through there for fear of breaking something we couldn’t afford. That was as close as we came to being locked into a jail. We didn’t need belts to make our escape; just careful steps and the ability to keep our hands to ourselves.
I was disappointed that I didn’t get the Brady Bunch ghost town experience. Perhaps if I’d been there in the 1930’s and 40’s when the gold and copper mines that put Jerome on the map closed down I would have gotten the feel of an abandoned town falling to decay. But today, Jerome is very much alive and well. A few places play into the ghost town heritage and tout their places as being haunted. I didn’t see any spectres while I was there. I did, however, get a great burger at the Haunted Hamburger — a funky little restaurant on the top of the hill. Something the Bradys never got.
That episode wasn’t my favorite Brady Bunch episode anyone. I always loved the Halloween episode that included ghostly sounds and a white-sheeted ghost that floats down the stairs. Someone should re-enact THAT in Jerome! Sounds like a winner to me.
Do you have a favorite Brady Bunch episode?