Powder Box Church - Jerome, AZ - a church built out of blasting powder boxes

Powder Box Church located in Jerome, Arizona gets its name from its unique construction. The building was built by Sabino Gonzales in 1939 with stucco, wire mesh and blasting powder boxes. The congregation of the church aided in the building. The church was completed during 1941.

The families of the Powder Box Church were Mexican American mining families that were victims of racial prejudice from the Anglo Methodists. The Methodists would not allow the Mexicans to enter their church so Gonzalez built one from wooden blasting powder boxes that had been disassembled.

The town of Jerome has two hotels and a number of bed and breakfast for visitors in the area to stay at. There are also a number of restaurants and local bars to meet dining and entertainment needs. The city also has a number of working studios and art galleries that add to its culture.

The unique construction of the Powder Box Church makes it an interesting stop on a tour of Jerome, Arizona. The accommodations, restaurants and cultural options make a trip to Jerome the ideal choice for a vacation. The history of the area alone is enough reason to visit and take a look around the uniquely constructed church.

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Sep 26, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
Respectfully but in contrast to the article, the Powderbox Church has been a private residence since 1966 and should NOT be considered a touring stopping point in Jerome. Doing so would be trespassing on private property. It is a beautiful structure and can be seen however from many advantage points around Jerome.

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