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Prescott, Arizona, USA

Arizona Territorial Governor John Noble Goodwin selected the original site of Prescott following his first tour of the new territory. Goodwin replaced Governor John A. Gurley, appointed by Abraham Lincoln, but died before taking office. Downtown streets in Prescott are named in honor of each of them. Goodwin selected a site 20 miles (32 km) south of the temporary capital on the east side of Granite Creek near a number of mining camps. The territorial capital was later moved to the new site along with Fort Whipple, with the new town named in honor of historian William H. Prescott during a public meeting on May 30, 1864. Robert W. Groom surveyed the new community, and an initial auction sold 73 lots on June 4, 1864. By July 4, 1864, a total of 232 lots had been sold within the new community. Prescott was officially incorporated in 1880.

Prescott served as capital of Arizona Territory until November 1, 1867, when the capital was moved to Tucson by act of the 4th Arizona Territorial Legislature. The capital was returned to Prescott in 1877 by the 9th Arizona Territorial Legislature. The capital was finally moved to Phoenix on February 4, 1889, by the 15th Arizona Territorial Legislature.

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  • In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple.
    The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867.
    www.wikipedia.org

  • Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1888 - July 4 - 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Ariz

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  • 1895 - Prescott
    Pres’cott, a post-village, the capital of Yavapai co. Arizona, is picturesquely situated in a basin or valley among the Pine Mountains, about 190 mile...Read MORE...


  • News 1897 - The Prescott Electric Company
    expects to get their street lamps in position in time to turn the current on and test them on Monday evening.
    Weekly Journal-Miner
    Prescott, Arizona
    June 30, 1897

  • News 1900 - Warning Notice
    Prescott, Ariz., Oct. 29, 1900.

    I Elizabeth Barrington do hereby protest against any person or persons cutting lumber or wood of any kind from said...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Prescott, a banking city, the capital of Yavapai co., Ariz., is picturesquely situated in a basin or valley among the Pine Mountains, about 180 miles ...Read MORE...


  • Prescott, Arizona, USA
    Whiskey Row
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  • 1911 - February 6 - 1st old-age home opened in Prescott, Arizona

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  • Prescott, Arizona, USA
    Gurley Street, Thumb Butte in Distance, Prescott, Arizona
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  • Prescott, Arizona, USA
    Hassayampa Hotel

    "Since 1927, when writers and artists were drawn to the stunning landscapes of the American Southwest, the Hassayampa Inn has been the "Grand Jewel of Prescott," a fashionable resort for the well-heeled. Georgia O'Keefe stayed... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Prescott, Arizona, USA
    State Highway near Prescott, Ariz. (1934)
    Postcard
  • News 1953 - June 15 - Dust devils are usually rather benign weather phenomena, however, two boys were injured by one near Prescott AZ. One of the boys suffered a black eye, and the other boy had two vertebrae fractured by wind-blown debris.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 15, 1953



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Whiskey Row
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Gurley Street, Thumb Butte in Distance, Prescott, Arizona
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Hassayampa Hotel

"Since 1927, when writers and artists were drawn to the stunning landscapes of the American Southwest, the Hassayampa Inn has been the "Grand Jewel of Prescott," a fashionable resort for the well-heeled. Georgia O'Keefe stayed... Read MORE...

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State Highway near Prescott, Ariz. (1934)
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  • In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple.
    The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1888 - July 4 - 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Ariz

    historyorb.com
  • 1895 - Prescott
    Pres’cott, a post-village, the capital of Yavapai co. Arizona, is picturesquely situated in a basin or valley among the Pine Mountains, about 190... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - The Prescott Electric Company
    expects to get their street lamps in position in time to turn the current on and test them on Monday evening. Weekly Journal-Miner
    Prescott, Arizona
    June 30, 1897
  • News  1900 - Warning Notice
    Prescott, Ariz., Oct. 29, 1900.

    I Elizabeth Barrington do hereby protest against any person or persons cutting lumber or wood of any kind from... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Prescott, a banking city, the capital of Yavapai co., Ariz., is picturesquely situated in a basin or valley among the Pine Mountains, about 180 miles ... Read MORE...

  • 1911 - February 6 - 1st old-age home opened in Prescott, Arizona

    historyorb.com
  • News  1953 - June 15 - Dust devils are usually rather benign weather phenomena, however, two boys were injured by one near Prescott AZ. One of the boys suffered a black eye, and the other boy had two vertebrae fractured by wind-blown debris.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 15, 1953

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