About Prescott Arizona

Prescott AZ is just 96 miles northwest of Phoenix in the Bradshaw Mountains of central Arizona. With an elevation of 5,400 feet, and an area population of roughly 40,000, Prescott AZ is an ideal place to live. The weather here is generally mild, with a four-season climate, annual snowfall of 24 inches, and annual rainfall of 19 inches. The downtown culture of Prescott AZ is an enjoyable year-round experience. An eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and year-round entertainment provide an enjoyable experience for all – especially during the Christmas season. It is not surprising that Prescott AZ has been dubbed “Everyone’s Hometown.” Learn more.

Historic Prescott, Arizona

Founded in 1864, Prescott AZ was originally the Territorial Capital of the Arizona Territory, and the county seat of Yavapai County. Originally, three names were proposed for the city, "Audubon", "Goodwin City" and "Aztlan." Prescott was chosen to honor a founding father of the town, William Hickling Prescott, an author who wrote “The History of the Conquest of Mexico.” Prescott was well liked by all, and the local newspaper “The Arizona Miner” reported the following information about the selection of Prescott as the town’s name: “…a good citizen, a true patriot, with industry, perseverance under difficulty, amiability of character and love of country."

On July 14, 1900, a cataclysmic fire destroyed four and one-half blocks of downtown Prescott. Twelve hotels and 20 mercantile establishments were lost in the fire, including Whiskey Row. The citizens of Prescott rebuilt the affected downtown area with permanent concrete, brick and stone buildings. These buildings, many of which are still standing today, reflected a shift from the previous Victorian architectural styles to a more permanent and modern style. During the reconstruction period, many other improvements were made to the Downtown area; cement sidewalks and paved streets replaced the dusty/muddy thoroughfares of the 1800s.

There is a rich historic heritage in Prescott AZ. Whiskey Row, dates back to 1864 and was visited by many well-known figures of that time, including Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers. Destroyed in the fire, but restored, today Whiskey Row stands as a monument to the past. From mining to the Indian wars of the late 1800’s, Prescott AZ was the very center of activity and commerce in the region.

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