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Historical Markers in Prescott, Arizona

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Prescott is the county seat for Yavapai County
Prescott is in Yavapai County
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1 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Arizona Pioneers' Home
Territory of Arizona MCMX ― MCMXI Home for Aged and Infirm Arizona Pioneers Established by act of the Twenty-Fifth Legislature under the administration of Governor Joseph H. Kibbey. Erected under the direction of the Board . . . Map (db m33047) HM
2 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — 8 — Arizona Pioneers' Home
To those responsible for the Arizona Pioneers' Home A. J. Doran Introduced enabling legislation - 1907 Supervised construction - 1910 First Superintendent – 1911 George D. Morris Reintroduced Successful enabling . . . Map (db m32903) HM
3 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Bashford Block
Originally this was the site of A.G. Dunn's Butcher Shop, which provided fresh locally grown beef from Dunn's ranch. This was followed by Hubbard's drug store which was later owned by W.W.Ross. The drug store was purchased by Harry Brisley in 1899. . . . Map (db m20292) HM
4 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Bashford Burmister Company
Coles Bashford arrived in Prescott in 1864 and was the first President of the Territorial Legislature. In 1874, Coles, his brother Levi, and son William formed a partnership with Robert Burmister. The Bashford-Burmister Company became one of the . . . Map (db m18806) HM
5 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Bicentennial Tree
The International Society of Arboriculture and the National Arborist Association jointly recognize this significant tree in this bicentennial year as having lived here during the American Revolutionary Period. 1776 1976. [Added brass . . . Map (db m18861) HM
6 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Citizens Cemetery
Citizens Cemetery was founded in early June 1864 with the burial of Colorado legislator Joel Woods. Established on public land east of Prescott and southwest of Fort Whipple, the cemetery has been known at various times as “Town . . . Map (db m21668) HM
7 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — City Jail and Firehouse
This Romanesque/Classical Revival building was constructed in 1895 and served as both a fire station (on the first floor) and the City jail (on the second). It is one of the two buildings facing the Courthouse Plaza that survived the fire of 1900. . . . Map (db m33090) HM
8 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — City Park and Ballfield
Since 1908, the area of Prescott now known as Ken Lindley Field has been used as a public park and ballfield. The land was deeded to the City of Prescott by Charles T. and Ada M. Joslin in 1922. As Mrs. Joslin requested, the City later . . . Map (db m21161) HM
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9 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Grace M. Sparkes1893 – 1963
There was a time when progress in Yavapai County was spelled S-P-A-R-K-E-S. Grace M. Sparkes came to Prescott, Arizona Territory, at the age of 14 in 1906. By 1911, she was working for the Yavapai County Chamber of Commerce as Secretary, a job she . . . Map (db m33137) HM
10 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Granite Creek
American History in Arizona is quite recent, although the history of the Native American, Spanish and Mexican occupation periods are much older. Encampments of Native Americans were drawn to the creeks, which offered a fairly reliable source of . . . Map (db m33064) HM
11 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Hassayampa Inn
After ten years of planning, community leaders of Prescott finally raised sufficient funds to build a modern hotel which catered to the "auto tourist" in downtown Prescott -- The Hassayampa Inn. On February 28, 1927, at the site of the former Conner . . . Map (db m20621) HM
12 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Head Hotel
Colonel C. P. Head was in the hardware business in Prescott by about 1866. By 1875, Colonel Head was involved in several businesses including hardware, lumber and a hotel. He served in the territorial House of Representatives from Yavapai County for . . . Map (db m20296) HM
13 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Hotel St. Michael
The cornerstone of historic "Whiskey Row", the Hotel St. Michael, represents the coming of age of Prescott's hostelries. Constructed on the site of the modest Hotel Burke, which burned in 1900, the new three-story hotel was designed by D. W. Millard . . . Map (db m33065) HM
14 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Hotel Vendome
The Hotel Vendome, referred to in a contemporary newspaper article as an "apartment house", was built on South Cortez Street in 1917 by J. B. Jones. An article in Yavapai Magazine in November 1917 refers to it as the "Hotel Vendome" and states "its . . . Map (db m18862) HM
15 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — J. I. Gardner Store
J. I. Gardner came to Prescott with a pack train in 1879 and opened his first mercantile store in 1883. The J. I. Gardner Store was built on this corner in 1890. Gardner's motto was "all goods guaranteed to be first class". They carried every type . . . Map (db m41960) HM
16 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — John Towhey
Stone Marker: 14 Inf. N.Y. John Towhey Wounded Here 1861 Plaque Attached to Stone: -- January 1970 -- This stone with inscription of incident was originally located on the Yavapai Indian Reservation . . . Map (db m21966) HM
17 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Knights of Pythias Building
With the exception of the Courthouse, the Knights of Pythias Building, also known as the Tilton Building, has always been the tallest building on the Plaza at 46 feet. It was dedicated on November 27, 1895, and is one of the few buildings that . . . Map (db m21625) HM
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18 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Lincoln School
In early 1908, the Prescott School Board decided that a new school was needed in Prescott. On July 12, 1908, a school bond election was held and approved by the voters 119-1. In August 1908, the three acre site on Park Avenue on the west side of . . . Map (db m33049) HM
19 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Montezuma Street
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 . . . Map (db m20622) HM
20 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Nob HillEast Union Street
Originally a part of the Capitol Block, which was set aside in 1864 for a Territorial Capitol Building, the south half of the block was sold at auction. John Lawler, a miner, capitalist and real estate developer, bought the entire block and built a . . . Map (db m20618) HM
21 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Our Creeks are Alive!
The Water Table By March of 1881, fire wells like this one were hand-dug on the four corners of the Courthouse Plaza. At the time, the water table was high enough to allow bucketing of water for fire emergencies. These wells were abandoned . . . Map (db m157663) HM
22 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Pauline WeaverTruly a Great Man
Pioneer • Prospector • Scout • Guide Pauline Weaver Truly a Great Man Born in Tennessee in 1800 Died at Camp Verde June 21, 1867 He was born, lived and died on the frontier of this country, always in the ever advancing westward . . . Map (db m33051) HM
23 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Pauline Weaver1800 – 1867 — Historic Site —
Known as Prescott's first citizen, Weaver was a trapper, miner, Army Scout and friend of the Indians. He was camped near this spot in 1863 and 1864 when gold miners and government officials first entered the area.Map (db m33052) HM
24 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Pioneer Trail and Monument
The Pioneer Trail was developed in 1932 to give access to the Pioneer Monument and commemorative plaque at the end of the trail. Improvements to the trail were completed in May 2019 as a joint project of the Yavapai Questers and Cole Ortagus' . . . Map (db m151185) HM
25 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Plaza Bandstand
As early as 1865, Lucian Bonaparte Jewell organized a Brass Band in Prescott, but by the 1870s the regimental bands from Ft. Whipple began to dominate the local music scene. The original Plaza Bandstand, built in the late 1800s, had survived the . . . Map (db m59299) HM
26 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Prescott
Prescott, Yavapai County Seat, founded 1864 on Granite Creek, source of Placer gold. Named for William Hickling Prescott, Historian, first Gov. JN. N. Goodwin, Appointee of Abraham Lincoln. Established first territorial capital of Arizona here. At . . . Map (db m18805) HM
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27 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Prescott
Founded 1864 on Granite Creek, early source of placer gold. Former territorial capital of Arizona. Now a center for ranching, mining, health, especially asthma relief. Located here on site of old Ft. Whipple is Whipple Veterans Hospital. Seat of . . . Map (db m20298) HM
28 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Prescott High School and the Yavapai Club
Three very prominent buildings once stood on East Gurley Street between Alarcon and Marina Streets – The Territorial Capital Building, Prescott High School and the Yavapai Club. Originally, the property between Alarcon and Marina streets . . . Map (db m33095) HM
29 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Prescott National Bank
The Prescott National Bank was organized by William Bashford, R.N. Fredericks and others in March, 1893. In October, 1900 Bank President Frank N. Murphy announced the construction of a new bank building on the "Old Wooster Block" at Prescott's . . . Map (db m27224) HM
30 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Prescott National Guard Armory
Prescott was one of the first towns in Arizona to have a National Guard Unit. Companies B and C of the First Territorial Rifles were organized in Prescott in 1865 and Company M of the First Arizona Infantry was organized in 1910. Company M of the . . . Map (db m33136) HM
31 Arizona, Yavapai county, Prescott — Prescott Public Library
Prescott's modern public library was dedicated on May 18, 1975. However, the history of a public library in Prescott goes back to August 1895, when seven local ladies founded the Women's Club of Prescott (now the Monday Club). They gathered a . . . Map (db m52912) HM
32 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Prescott's Beginnings: The First Mining District in Yavapai County
The City of Prescott had its beginnings in the Spring of 1863 when a party of explorers and would-be gold miners led by the famed Joseph R. Walker arrived near the headwaters of the Hassayampa River. On May 10, 1863, at a location some six miles . . . Map (db m20623) HM
33 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Ruffner Plaza Stables
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 . . . Map (db m20297) HM
34 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Rectory
In the fall of 1878 the Sisters of St. Joseph came to Prescott. Money was raised in the community for a hospital to be run by the sisters and by 1881 the hospital had been completed on North Marina Street. In June of 1891 construction was started . . . Map (db m21603) HM
35 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Santa Fe Depot
Prescott’s first railroad arrived on December 31, 1886. The current depot was built by the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railway, also known as the “Peavine”, in 1907. Designed in the Mission Revival style of poured concrete with a . . . Map (db m18767) HM
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36 Arizona, Yavapai county, Prescott — Simmons, Arizona
This is the site of ‘the crossing' on the Mojave-Prescott "Hardyville" toll road. The road was authorized by the first territorial legislature and was built by W. H. Hardy, connecting Prescott with Hardyville on the Colorado River. William John . . . Map (db m72625) HM
37 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Site of Curtis Hall/Curtis Duplex & Curtis Cottages
George W. Curtis came to Prescott from California in 1864, and in 1867 purchased an interest in a sawmill. He purchased a building on Granite Creek on South McCormick Street, and he and his brother John enlarged and modified the building in 1878. . . . Map (db m33062) HM
38 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Site of Goldwater Brothers Mercantile
The Goldwater Brothers, Morris and Michael, arrived in Arizona from California in 1876. They opened one of the area's first general merchandising stores on the southeast corner of Cortez and Goodwin (where City Hall is now located). Three years . . . Map (db m20616) HM
39 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Site of Howey's Hall
The southeast corner of Goodwin and Cortez Street was the site of Howey's Hall, which was built on the first lot sold (for $175) in Prescott by James Howey in 1876. The Goldwaters had their first mercantile store here. It was later converted to an . . . Map (db m33092) HM
40 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Site of Territorial Courthouse
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 . . . Map (db m18132) HM
41 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Site of the O'Neill/Munds House
A beautiful Victorian Cottage which faced East Sheldon Street was built on this site by W. B. Jones. On November 15, 1893, William Owen (Buckey) O'Neill and his wife Pauline moved into the house. O'Neill used a portion of the upstairs as his office . . . Map (db m20619) HM
42 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Solon Hannibal Borglum America's First Cowboy Sculptor1866 - 1922
This free-spirited Son of the West, sensitive to the changing era in which he lived, portrayed the western epic in marble and bronze. Our "Bucky O'Neill" monumental bronze is among his greatest works, and is acclaimed by art critics as one of the . . . Map (db m21165) HM
43 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Statehood Tree / Centennial Witness TreePlanted Feb. 14, 1912
(Statehood Tree marker) (north side of monument) Statehood Tree Planted Feb. 14, 1912 • • • Monument presented to people of Arizona by Cub Scouts of Prescott, 1960 (Centennial Witness Tree marker) (south side of monument) The . . . Map (db m157657) HM
44 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — The Bank of Arizona and the Electric Buildings
A bank was an important asset to a new and growing community. Chartered by Solomon Lewis and M. W. Kales in 1877, the Bank of Arizona was the first business in the Arizona Territory devoted exclusively to banking. The partners built a two-story . . . Map (db m20295) HM
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45 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — The Carnegie Library
Prescott's first library consisted of over 300 volumes brought to the Territory in 1864 by Secretary of State Richard C. McCormick. In 1870, a group of local women opened a reading room with 263 books collected from local citizens and out-of-town . . . Map (db m20814) HM
46 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — The Day Octagon
The Day Octagon is the oldest known fired brick building in Arizona. Built in 1877 by Lowell and Crouch for Dr. Warren E. Day, it is significant as the first surgical hospital in Arizona Territory, where Dr. Day pulled teeth, delivered babies, . . . Map (db m33138) HM
47 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — The Ehle Family and the Montezuma Hotel
Joseph and Margaret Ehle arrived in Prescott, Arizona Territory, on July 13, 1864 with their children, John Henry, Mary Jane, Amy E., Olive Joan, Sarah F. and Margaret Viola. Mr. Ehle helped to build the log Governor's Mansion (now part of Sharlot . . . Map (db m33133) HM
48 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — The Fire of 1900
A disastrous fire on the night of July 14, 1900 changed the face of downtown Prescott. Starting in a room in the Scopel Hotel on the southwest corner of Goodwin and Montezuma Streets, the fire quickly hopped across Goodwin Street and proceeded to . . . Map (db m20811) HM
49 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — The Historic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza Fountain
Arriving from New York on July 13, 1910, "Lady Ermintrude" graced the Courthouse Plaza for more than 60 years. Over time, the fountain began showing signs of wear and, in 1976, was removed and placed in storage at the Sharlot Hall Museum.
In . . . Map (db m136155) HM
50 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — The Mulvenon Building
Completed in August 1901, the Mulvenon Building was one of the first buildings constructed after the fire of 1900. It replaced a one-story wood-frame saloon building which was destroyed in the fire. Built by William J. Mulvenon, who arrived in . . . Map (db m20615) HM
51 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — The Palace Saloon
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 . . . Map (db m21163) HM
52 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — VFW Bucky O'Neill Post No. 541
Founded in Jan. 1921 and named after the famous Rough Rider William "Bucky" O'Neill, the post is the oldest active VFW post in Arizona. Born Feb. 2, 1860 in St. Louis, Missouri, his many accomplishments include being a Lawyer, Judge, Sheriff, Editor . . . Map (db m68732) HM
53 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Washington School
The first public school in Prescott was opened in 1867. In 1876 a four-room brick public school building was erected here. It was known as the "Prescott Free Academy". In 1903 that building was torn down and replaced by Washington School. Washington . . . Map (db m33094) HM
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54 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Welcome to Prescott
Founded in 1864, Prescott is Arizona's Mile High City and seat of Yavapai County government. Named for historian William Hickling Prescott, it was established on the banks of Granite Creek in 1864. Today it is the home to the Bob Stump VA . . . Map (db m33042) HM
55 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Whiskey Row — Historic Site —
By the early 1870s a full block of saloons, gambling halls and hotels made this the wildest part of town. Some of the saloons brewed their own beer and most drinks sold for 12½ (cents) each. On July 14, 1900 a disastrous fire swept the Row and . . . Map (db m21164) HM
56 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott, Bob Stump VA Medical Center — Fort Whipple
A wooden stockade fort named for Lt. Amiel W. Whipple was established here May 18, 1864. Also known as Whipple Barracks and Prescott Barracks. The post was headquarters for the Department of Arizona. Begun in 1870, and the center for campaigns . . . Map (db m216628) HM
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