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

Ruffner Plaza Stables

Ruffner Plaza Stables Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Cavinato, January 1, 2003
1. Ruffner Plaza Stables Marker
Inscription.  The Ruffner Plaza Stables were built on this lot purchased from Frank Murphy for $3,600. In May 1898, a local newspaper reported that it was "one of the most substantial as well as ornamental improvements which has been put up for several years. It is said to be one of the handsomest buildings of the kind in the Southwest and far ahead of any similar structure in Arizona." In February 1922, Ruffner sold the business to Dixon Fagerbert, who remodeled the building into a modern garage. The building later burned.

Owner, George Ruffner (marked with an X on the photograph) was described as "a man of honest and respectable industry". He came to the Territory in 1881 and worked as a cowboy and teamster. In 1888, Ruffner was one of the organizers of Prescott's World's Oldest Rodeo and he carried the American flag in every Fourth of July parade until his death in 1933 at the age of 71. In 1893 he was appointed a Deputy Sheriff of Yavapai County and the following year was elected Sheriff. He served five non-contiguous terms and was the first person from Arizona inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in the Cowboy Hall of
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Erected 2003 by City of Prescott and Ruffner descendants at the Ruffner family renunion in June 2003.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1922.
Location. 34° 32.391′ N, 112° 28.193′ W. Marker is in Prescott, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is on West Goodwin Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 176 Goodwin Street, Prescott AZ 86301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Jail and Firehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fire of 1900 (within shouting distance of this marker); Prescott (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Creeks are Alive! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prescott's Beginnings: The First Mining District in Yavapai County (about 400 feet away); Montezuma Street (about 400 feet away); Site of Howey's Hall (about 400 feet away); Hotel Vendome (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prescott.
Regarding Ruffner Plaza Stables. This market is at an empty lot at the southeast corner of W. Goodwin and S. Montezuma Streets. It is in the same block as the post office and across the street from the back of the courthouse.
Ruffner Plaza Stables Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Cavinato, January 1, 2003
2. Ruffner Plaza Stables Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,668 times since then and 142 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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