Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Prescott Historic District

Distant Drums RV Resort
Camp Verde, AZ
April 5, 2016

We met locals on the Lakeshore Trail last Tuesday who said the Prescott (pronounced Prescut by the locals) Historic District was a must see.  So yesterday off we went to check it our for ourselves.  The historic district is a town square filled with historic buildings full of trinkets, art, clothing and eateries. The Yavapai County Courthouse is the center of the square. 


Bronze Rough Rider in front of the Courthouse.  It is a creation of Solon Borglum, the brother of Gutzon Borglum who designed Mt. Rushmore.  The statue was unveiled in 1907. 




President Lincoln established the first territorial capital of Arizona in Prescott in 1864.  The capital moved to Tucson in 1867, back to Prescott in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889. 
Bronze statue Cowboy at Rest 






 Today, Prescott serves as the county seat for Yavapia County.  The first courthouse was a red brick structure built in 1867. It was demolished and replaced with this magnificent building in 1916.  Beginning in 1879, trees were planted along gravel walks. Today more than 170 trees on this 4.1 acre plaza provide a man made urban forest .  In addition to the extensive tree canopy, the plaza features large expanses of beautiful green grass, interlocking pavers, bronze statues, and even public restrooms under the western steps for the many annual activities hosted on the lawns and daily visitors.  It was from the steps below that Barry Goldwater announced his candidacy for president in 1964.



















Strolling the streets was colorful and fun enhanced by an  absolutely gorgeous spring day. 




The Prescott National Bank opened it's doors in 1902.




A cherry tree in full bloom...
















































 For lunch, I knew right where I wanted to go.  Palace Saloon on Whisky Row has made quite a name for itself as the oldest frontier saloon in Arizona.  The likes of Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc Holliday were regular patrons.  Virgil even owned a saw mill on Thumb Butte and was Town Constable.  The fire of 1900 destroyed the first Palace.  The ornately carved Brunswick Bar, still in use today was carried across the street to the plaza.    






Back in the day, men came to the Palace to check for notices of work, mineral claims were bought and sold over the bar, and it served as election central for several elections. 










A cherry tree in full bloom...

Joe and I are quite enamored with Prescott.  We made three trips there this week and would have liked to do more, but today was cleaning and packing day for our departure in the morning.

We think the Tan Clan would like Prescott too.  It is one of the best puppy friendly places we have visited. 
 Until next time, 

We have enjoyed the antics of our neighbor working at a steady pace to get his home ready.

 happy days and happy trails!

11 comments:

  1. And, I thought Prescut was a small little town. I didn't realize there was so much to see there.

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    1. We barely scratched the surface Jeri.

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  2. Thanks for the lovely tour, great pictures.

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  3. Yep, we like it too. It's on our short list.

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  4. Oh, and Point of Rocks RV Park is a great place to stay in Prescott.

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    1. We will check again with them...last year they had a 2 dog limit. :(

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  5. The downtown district was our stop several years ago when we were on a motorcycle trip in the area. Sure is a neat town square. How sweet that your visit had lots of beautiful flowering trees:) Prescott is also on our list for the future. Lots of hiking!

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    1. Spring was definitely in the air...I saw daffodils which I have not seen since we left GA and the cherry trees were beautiful Pam!

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  6. We're trying to decide if we want to make that drive before we head west.....you make it pretty hard to resist! I love old wood bars with great history. Can you imagine the tales (tall and others) it has heard over the decades :-) Lovely blooms!

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    1. You would definitely enjoy it Jodee...the Palace has so much history and it's like a mini museum. The courthouse is magnificent...my pictures don't do it justice!

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