Prescott Historic District

The Prescott Historic District 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.

There are over 800 buildings in Prescott historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and most of those buildings are in the downtown area. With several Victorian style homes it is considered to be one of the most Midwestern appearing cities in the Southwest and this may contribute to the "Everybody's Hometown" moniker.

The old west history is apparent when you first walk the streets as many of the buildings in the downtown area date back to the 1800’s. One of the most distinguished downtown historical areas is Whiskey Row which was a red-light district until 1956. Whiskey Row was frequented by notable figures that include Doc Holliday and the Earp Brothers. Doc Holliday of course was made famous from the gunfight at the O.K. corral in 1881.

Many of the buildings have been turned into businesses however they still reflect the era of the old west. From the Palace which is considered Arizona’s oldest saloon to street performers and art galleries, historic downtown Prescott offers something for everyone
The city of Prescott 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.

Prescott historic district is simply “Everybody's Hometown!”


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