It was during the boom years of the twenties that Jerome reached its roaring peak. The population of the town swelled to 15,000 people. The mines were working twenty four hours a day. Hotels were dedicated solely to servicing miners. Hotel rooms were rented in eight hour shifts to accommodate the 24 hour working schedule. And because the miners were working all day and all night, the businessses of Jerome were also open around the clock. Prostitution and gambling flourished. Bootleggers supplied the town with all the illegal alchohol it could consume. Opium dens were as numerous as laundries and run by the same Chinese owners. There were three movie theaters, bars, restaurants, schools, tennis courts, swimming pools, bowling alleys, pool halls, drug stores, department stores, churches, brothels, opera house - all the virtues and vices of a classic wild west boomtown. It was a time when women were beginning to realize their own strength and independence.
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