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Historical Events

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Statistics & Facts


about 96 miles northwest of Phoenix and about 90 miles southwest of Flagstaff. Interstate Highway 17 is located 36 miles southeast of Prescott via Arizona Highway 69 or 169. Prescott is also located 52 miles South of Interstate 40 via U.S. Highway 89.
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mild. Summer temperatures are rarely over 85 with winter temps averaging about 50. The humidity is only about 45% all year. Some snow does fall, but usually melts rapidly.
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History & History Related Items

First discovered in 1838 and then again in 1861, gold first brought prospectors as the first settlers of the area. During this Civil War time, the Union claimed Arizona as a territory because of its rich gold deposits. The first governor, John N. Goodwin choose Prescott as the first capital of Arizona. Later it was moved to Flagstaff and then ultimately to Phoenix. In 1900, a disastrous fire burned Prescott to the ground; but it was rebuilt, and many of the buildings you see today are reminders of its past. Today, the older residential streets are lined with tall trees and pitched-roof frame houses, including turreted Victorians. Prescott has many homes and businesses on the National Register of Historic Places. Prescott is located in the middle of the Prescott National Forest. The city is named in honor of William Hicking Prescott, a noted historian. The locals call it "Preskit." Other oldtimers may say it, "Prescutt."
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The settling of Prescott


The incorporation of Prescott



Bucky O'Neill Monument

Prescott Animal Park

The Marks House
Prescott, Arizona
A Victorian Home built in 1894

Phippen Museum-Western Art
4701 N US Highway 89
Prescott, AZ 86301-8303
Phone: 928-778-1385
Find out more about the first Pioneers and settlers of northern Arizona.

Sharlot Hall Museum
415 W Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301-3615
Phone: 928-445-3122
Learn about the history of Prescott..

Bead Museum
140 S Montezuma St
Prescott, AZ 86303-4718
Phone: 928-445-2431

Highland Center-Natural istory
1980 Williamson Valley Rd
Prescott, AZ 86301-6200
Phone: 928-445-5497
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Prescott City Government

City of Prescott

Prescott is governed by a Mayor, Six Council Members and a City Manager

Prescott City Clerk
201 S Cortez St
Prescott, AZ 86303-3938
Phone: 928-776-6272

Prescott is the County seat of Yavapai County.

Prescott Historical Events

2004Frances Fields Retrospective
A Life of Art

Memories of Frances Fields from written material
"My hair is gray, and my face has lots of wrinkles, but I do feel young at heart. I had eleven children and raised ten -- so I had to keep up with them for many years. I always loved art, but until I moved to Prescott in the early 1960's I hadn't done anything since high school.
when Yavapai College first opened in 1969 with Ed Branson as its only art instructor, I enrolled immediately and have taken a variety of art classes over the ensuing years. My first paintings were pretty awful, but at the time I thought they were great because I was finally doing something I had been looking forward to for many years.
When I discovered collage and watercolor/collage, I felt I'd found the medium that best suited me. I like the process of collage==moving elements of a composition around until they suit me. I have recently begun to weave, as well, something I have long wanted to try. Prescott has been a happy place for me because it allowed me to pursue a dream.
Before I moved to Prescott in 1979, responding to art had been an important facet of my life. Gallery-hopping in New York City, discussing art at the Cedar Tavern, and having paintings transform strange places into familiar one--all added color to my life."

Prescott Chamber

Prescott Chamber of Commerce
117 W. Goodwin
Prescott, AZ 86303
Phone: (928)445-2000
Toll-free: 800-266-7534

Prescott Community Events

Fourth Friday of each month
Art! The 4th Dimension
Weekend Long Art Gallery Ramble
It's 2004, a leap year-which only occurs every four years- and a consortium of local galleries kicked off a weekend long series of gallery events on the 4th weekend of February!

A shared advertising collaboration between gallery owners and artists from Prescott, Art, The 4th Dimension takes its name from Einstein's theory of relativity. Going a step beyond the 2 dimensional aspect of painting and the 3 dimensions of sculpture, the 4th dimension is where time and space co-exist. Their reliance on one another is precisely what allows for motion.

While a number of arts events takes place in and around Prescott's downtown square though out the year, Art! The 4th Dimension has expanded the perimeters of art activities to an outer square. It's a bit like a hypercube, a square that is multi-dimensional, which moves in all directions at once. Within it one will experience both the movement and diversity of Prescott's expanding cultural district.

Art! The 4th Dimension has been developed in part by a voluntary task force of gallery owners and artists. These members currently include Ann Alexander of Gallery Beyond Words, Jeanne Baruch of the A'loft Gallery, Penny Griffin and Christine Mason of the Glass Galleria Plus Information Station, Pamela Henry-Walker of the Henwak Gallery, Rowena Tank of Arts Prescott, Scottsdale artist representative Rosa Moreno and local artist Patti Ortiz. A number of other Prescott galleries and supporters of the arts of course have inspired the rest.

The weekend long event will take place on the 4th Friday weekend of every month with the exception of December where the galleries plan to join the festivities of the Acker Music Festival. They also hope to work with the Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council on a BI-annual blockbuster Art! The 4th Dimension weekend during the months of May and October.

Program Guides can be picked up at all participating galleries. For further information call Christine or Penny at 928-541-1171 or Email

Prescott Organizations

Prescott Chamber of Commerce
117 W. Goodwin
Prescott, AZ 86303
Phone: (928)445-2000
Toll-free: 800-266-7534

Prescott Libraries

Prescott Public Library
215 E Goodwin St
Prescott, AZ 86303-3911
Phone: 928-445-8110

Yavapai College Library
1100 E Sheldon St
Prescott, AZ 86301-3220
Phone: 928-776-2264

Prescott Schools

Here is an education page for the Prescott area.

Prescott Unified School District No. I
146 S. Granite St.
Prescott, AZ 86303
Phone: (928) 445-5400


Yavapai College
1100 E Sheldon St
Prescott, AZ 86301-3220
Phone: 928-445-7300
a public two-year institution offering both university transfer educa- tion and occupation education.

Prescott College
Phone: (928) 778-2090
a four-year liberal arts college.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3200 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ 86301-3721
Phone: 928-708-3728
a four- year University offering bachelor degrees in the field of aviation and engineering.

Northern Arizona University
551 1st St
Prescott, AZ 86301-2501
Phone: 928-445-5231

Southern California University
600 E Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301-3246
Phone: 928-541-7777 Prescott


The population of Prescott was:
1950 - 6,764
1960 - 12,861
1970 - 13,030
1980 - 20,005
1990 - 26,592
1995 - 30,606
1996 - 31,275
1997 - 32,037
1998 - 34,610

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