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

Montezuma Street

 
 
Montezuma Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato, January 1, 2003
1. Montezuma Street Marker
Inscription. The one hundred block of South Montezuma Street has long been known as "Whiskey Row" for the numerous saloons which once lined the street. As Prescott poet Gail Gardner once wrote of "Whiskey Row":

"Oh they starts her in at the Kaintucky bar, At the head of Whiskey Row, And they winds up down by the Depot House, Some forty drinks below."


On July 14, 1900 this block was totally destroyed by fire. Within a few days of the fire, new construction was underway in brick and masonry. Most of the buildings on this block were constructed between the fall of 1900 and 1905 and include Sam'l Hill Hardware Company, the Highland Hotel, the Palace, the Levey Building and the Hotel St. Michael. All of these buildings are constructed with permanence and appearance in mind in styles typical of early 20th century buildings.

Some buildings were architecturally progressive, such as Sam'l Hill Hardware Company, or architecturally outstanding such as the Palace and the Hotel St. Michael. All preset a united front to the Courthouse Plaza, resulting in a unique turn-of-the century facade which is essentially intact today.
 
Erected by Historic Preservation Fund and the City of Prescott.
 
Location. 34° 32.456′ 
Montezuma Street View image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato, January 1, 2003
2. Montezuma Street View
N, 112° 28.211′ W. Marker is in Prescott, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is on S. Montezuma Street (Arizona Route 89). Touch for map. This marker is in the middle of the block between W. Gurley and Goodwin Streets. It is at a pedestrian crossing on the right heading west. Marker is in this post office area: Prescott AZ 86301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prescott's Beginnings: The First Mining District in Yavapai County (here, next to this marker); The Palace Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Whiskey Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); Prescott (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel St. Michael (within shouting distance of this marker); Bashford Burmister Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Solon Hannibal Borglum America's First Cowboy Sculptor (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prescott.
 
More about this marker. Just ten feet away is another historical market facing this one. It is entitled Prescott's Beginnings: The First Mining District in Yavapai County"
 
Also see . . .  Whiskey Row. (Submitted on July 30, 2009.)
 
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Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sharlot Hall Museum Photo, circa 1905
3. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
Montezuma Street, Prescott image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 6, 2010
4. Montezuma Street, Prescott
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,016 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona.   3. submitted on July 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on July 13, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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