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Prescott in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Site of Territorial Courthouse

 
 
Site of Territorial Courthouse Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Cavinato, April 19, 2009
1. Site of Territorial Courthouse Marker
Inscription. The courthouse you see today, constructed in 1916 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is not the original one on this site. The first courthouse constructed on the Plaza, one of two city blocks set aside in 1864 for government use, was a smaller, but more elaborate brick structure built in 1878. It was an impressive structure that immediately became the symbolic focal point of young Yavapai County. Many important cases were heard here in the day when Prescott served as the Territorial Capital of Arizona (1864-1867 and 1877-1889). Arizona became State in 1912, four years before the current courthouse was constructed.
 
Erected by The Historic Preservation Fund and The City of Prescott.
 
Location. 34° 32.503′ N, 112° 28.135′ W. Marker is in Prescott, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is at the intersection of East Gurley Street (Arizona Route 89) and South Cortez Street, on the left when traveling west on East Gurley Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 South Cortez Street, Prescott AZ 86301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bashford Block (a few steps from this marker); The Bank of Arizona and the Electric Buildings
Site of Territorial Courthouse Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Cavinato, June 23, 2009
2. Site of Territorial Courthouse Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Knights of Pythias Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Prescott National Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Solon Hannibal Borglum America's First Cowboy Sculptor (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza Bandstand (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Goldwater Brothers Mercantile (about 400 feet away); Bashford Burmister Company (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Prescott.
 
Also see . . .  19th Century "Old West Law" -. Yavapai County constructed a two-story building on Cortez Street in 1867 to accommodate the sheriff's office, the jail and the county courtroom, which also doubled as a community-meeting hall. In 1882, a new courthouse was constructed on its present site on the plaza. This courthouse was razed in 1915 to make room for the courthouse which stands to this day on that site. (Submitted on April 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,276 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona.   2. submitted on , by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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