At the turn of the 20th century, Jerome, AZ was a booming mine town, with a population of nearly 3,000 in 1900 (for scale, image that compared to the estimated population of 450 in 2014). The majority of the towns residents were working for United Verde Copper Company or United Verde Extension Mining Company, with upper management being supplied with newly built homes in the higher limits of the town. Many of these homes have been restored to their glory and can be seen today. Some, however, were not as fortunate; Case in point, the home at 25 Magnolia st (seen on the right), built in 1902 and occupied by one W.J. Flood, an Underground Construction Foreman for United Verde Copper Company.
Over the years, blasts from the mines, natural faulting of the tectonic plates below Jerome’s surface, and erosion caused excessive damage to the buildings in town. In 1952, 25 Magnolia was hit by a mud slide caused by a blast in the mines. Luckily the slide didn’t destroy the home and only caused minimal damage to the kitchen area and servants quarters located behind the house. The funny part about this mud slide? Mr. Flood, as with most residents of Jerome, was so accustomed to the blasts that he hadn’t even realized his home had been hit until he exited his bathroom after shaving.
25 Magnolia was doomed to eventual destruction however, and in 1963 another mud slide tore through the home, leaving her filled with mud and rock. Mr. Flood had passed away in 1953, so the home was not occupied at the time of the slide. Since the 1963 slide, mother nature has been reclaiming 25 Magnolia, and today there is little left beyond two walls, half a staircase, and the remnants of floor boards above to remind anyone that this home used to have a second floor. What appears to have been a grand porch and entry-way is a ghost of its previous self, and the inside leaves much to the imagination for which room was where.
A happy ending is in sight, however, for the wood that went into building 25 Magnolia. Western Heritage Furniture has been given access to what remains of the home, and in the coming months we will be salvaging what we can and crafting it into the heirloom furniture we are known for.