City of Prescott

Whiskey Row - Downtown Prescott
Whiskey Row - Downtown Prescott
The city of Prescott (pronounced "Preskitt") was named after famed historian and author William H. Prescott, which started in 1864 and was incorporated in 1883. Prescott was named the capital of the Arizona Territory as President Lincoln wanted the capital far away from Confederate leaning cities in the south. Prescott remained the capital until 1867 when the honor was bestowed upon Tucson. 10 years later Prescott again became the capital, only to have the capital moved to Phoenix in 1889.

Today, the city of Prescott remains the County Seat of Yavapai County which includes the cities of Prescott Valley and Chino Valley among others. With its Victorian style homes it is considered to be one of the most Midwestern appearing cities in the Southwest and there are over 800 buildings in the city of Prescott on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Everybody’s Hometown,” downtown Prescott has a small town flavor with the center square holding the granite courthouse in a beautiful setting of green grass and large beautiful trees. Surrounding streets have a great variety of shops from restaurants and boutique shops to specialty shops for hiking gear. With nearly 450 miles of hiking trails in the 1.25 million acres of the Prescott National Forest, you may just wear out a pair of boots trying to hike them all.

At an elevation of over 5,000 feet, the city of Prescott has a wonderfully mild four season climate with bountiful sunshine 300 days a year. Mild winters with an average daytime high of 55 degrees result in the occasional light snow melting quickly, often before Noon the next day. Winter low temperatures average 30 degrees, though in recent years the days below freezing have been minimal. Spring comes early to the area yielding to a summer with an average high in the mid to upper 80's. Because of the desert climate, even summer nights tend to cool down with an average low during the summer of 55 degrees.

In 2012 the U.S. Census estimated the population of the city of Prescott at over 40,000 residents.

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