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

The Palace Saloon

 
 
The Palace Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato, July 27, 2009
1. The Palace Saloon Marker
Inscription. The exact age of Prescott's Palace Saloon is something of a puzzle. The first reliable documentation is an item from the September 21, 1877 Arizona Weekly Miner: "Mess'rs Shaw and Standefer have fitted up the Palace Saloon in the most superb style and fitted it with choice liquors of every conceivable kind."

An 1883 fire destroyed most of "The Row", including the Palace. Owner Robert Brow rebuilt in brick, with a stone foundation and iron roof. The interior featured a 20 foot long bar and beautiful back-bar, which had been shipped by boat and freight wagon to Prescott, three gaming tables and two club rooms.

On July 14, 1900, much of downtown Prescott burned to the ground, including the "fireproof" Palace Saloon. Patrons managed to salvage much of the liquor and the bar, all taken across the street to the Plaza, where drinks were served as the fire progressed. After the fire, Robert Brow and the owners of the Cabinet Saloon pooled their interests and determined to build "the finest and best club house, saloon, cafe, etc. that Arizona has ever had, or in fact that can be found west of the Mississippi River".

The new Palace Hotel, designed in the New-Classical Revival style, took over the front page of the June 29, 1901 Prescott Journal Miner. It was the most elegant pleasure resort along "The
The Palace Saloon and Whiskey Row Markers image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato, July 27, 2009
2. The Palace Saloon and Whiskey Row Markers
Row". The Miner described the interior furnishings as "rich and elegant" with only the best materials used. The bar and fixtures were described as "the crowning features of the furnishings" and without doubt the most elegant in this part of the country". Three large gaming tables encouraged faro, poker, roulette, kino and craps. A glass of beer was five cents, and a man could pay for his drinks with unminted gold.

In 1907 a State law outlawed wagering and games of change, along with their "attendant evils" and Prohibition during World War I closed many a saloon, but the Palace held on. In 1996 The Palace was closed and in severely deteriorated condition when restoration began. Working from old photographs, the elegance of the Palace Hotel and Saloon of 1901 was recaptured. The Palace is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by The City of Prescott.
 
Location. 34° 32.482′ N, 112° 28.215′ W. Marker is in Prescott, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is on South Montezuma Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 South Montezuma Street, Prescott AZ 86303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whiskey Row (here, next to this marker);
The Palace Saloon - Street View Looking North From Court House Square. image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato, July 27, 2009
3. The Palace Saloon - Street View Looking North From Court House Square.
This marker is on the outside wall just below the "Whiskey Row" marker.
Prescott (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel St. Michael (within shouting distance of this marker); Bashford Burmister Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); Montezuma Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Prescott's Beginnings: The First Mining District in Yavapai County (within shouting distance of this marker); Solon Hannibal Borglum America's First Cowboy Sculptor (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prescott.
 
Also see . . .  The Palace - Pleasing Arizona's Toughest Customers Since 1877. The official website of The Palace Restaurant and Saloon. Click the "Our History" link for additional historical information and photos. (Submitted on July 29, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The Palace image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato
4. The Palace
Has Been Placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

By the United States
Department of the Interior
Established 1877
Built 1901
A safe inside the Palace Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
5. A safe inside the Palace Saloon
Entry to the Palace Saloon. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
6. Entry to the Palace Saloon.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,367 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 27, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona.   5, 6. submitted on June 23, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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