During the summer it is typically 15 to 20 degrees cooler in Prescott than in Phoenix.
It began as a mining town with the discovery of Gold and in 1864 was selected to be the State Capital, a title it held unitl 1887. The City is named after author William H. Prescott whose writings were popular during the Civil War.
Fort Whipple, once an army garrison, is now the home of the Prescott V.A. Hospital. Many of the original buildings remain. We suggest that a tour of the Fort Whipple museum next to the V.A. hospital and view the large collection of original artifacts.
Prescott still maintains the charm of its territorial capital years with more than 500 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including the the Yavapai County Courthouse, which proudly stands among shaded trees in the downtown square.
West of the courthouse, on Mount Vernon Street, stand many original Victorian homes that have been tastefully preserved. These homes contribute to the home town atmosphere.
Directly across from the Courthouse is “Whiskey Row” which was once the home to over 26 saloons, including The Palace Saloon, where Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers were once patrons.
In fact, Doc Holliday’s girlfriend, Big Nose Kate (1850-1940), is buried in Prescott’s Pioneers Home Cemetery under the name Mary K. Cummings.
The frontier spirit of the Prescott residents may have been best exemplified when a devastating fire destroyed the entire downtown business district in 1900. Within hours, make-shift shelters were erected on the Courthouse Plaza and businesses began rebuilding.
Hundreds of movies have been filmed in Prescott, the most notable of which were “Billy Jack,” “Junior Bonner,” and more recently, “Transamerica.” Prescott is host to the World’s Oldest Rodeo and in July, the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies host their annual “Shootout on Whiskey Row” which pays tribute to the town’s old west character.