Jerome (AZ) Postal History
This collection is a collaboration between Jerome Historical Society and the Postal History Foundation. It includes photographs, postal documents, postcards, postmarks, and covers or cachets, which are envelopes with special illustrations on them. Like many other towns in Arizona, the postal history of Jerome closely reflects the boom and bust of the mining industry. As the mining operations grew and the population soared, the post office also was established and expanded. Later, as fires swept through the town on multiple occasions, the post office also suffered. Then when the use of dynamite increased, the entire town began to shift and the post office collapsed in slides that affected much of the town. But the post office also demonstrated the strength of the community. In the 1970s when it was threatened with closure, a group of citizens gathered to protest. Although the population had dwindled to a handful at that point, the inhabitants recognized that their survival as a town was closely linked to the survival of the post office. At its height, the population of Jerome was close to 15,000 and today it is 400 (with an annual visitation reportedly at close to one million people).
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