Historic Grand Canyon Art

By Dave Lewis When Lewis and Clark made their epic 1804 – 1806 journey across the country, they did not have an artist with them.  They encountered Native people, plants and animals, breathtaking scenery and fantastic geologic features beyond anything … Continue reading

Fannie Kautz – Star of the Show

By Gretchen Hough Eastman Amateur theater was a popular and important pastime at remote Army camps in the late 1800s.  Ft. Whipple, founded in Prescott in 1864, did not have a theater troupe in its first several years, a void … Continue reading

Working Cowboy: Horseback Man in the Modern West

By Amy Hale Auker So history’s mostly a horseback song And set to the thud of the hoofs. ~~~from Horseback Men, by Charles Badger Clark The horseback man has long been revered worldwide. From Genghis Khan who kept showing up … Continue reading

Effie Anderson Smith — Pioneer Artist

By Dave Lewis Clarence Dutton, protégé of John Wesley Powell, was the most poetic and eloquent scientist ever to study the Grand Canyon and its surrounding deserts and plateaus.  He saw the area for the first time in 1880 and … Continue reading

Service to Community and Country: Mexican-American Residents of Yavapai County in the 1930s and 1940s

By Allan Englekirk and Cathie Englekirk Historians, in chronicling Arizona’s eventful past, have tended to overlook the significant contributions of Mexican-heritage citizens of Prescott in the early 20th century.  A review of local newspapers of the period reveals that Mexican-Americans … Continue reading

Washington School Adopts Innovative Heating System

By Jay W. Eby By 1900 the Prescott Free Academy (Days Past, 29 Aug 1999) had proven to be too small for Prescott’s growing population, and the Board of the School District enlisted David Kilpatrick to design a larger and … Continue reading

Arizona Public Schools Survive Shaky Start, Begin Steady Growth in 1870s

By Ray Carlson In March 1871, the Weekly Arizona Miner noted: “Rev. Mr. (Alexander) Gilmore, Chaplain at Fort Whipple, is about to commence instructing the youth of Prescott, some encouragement having already been given him for the carrying out of … Continue reading

Building the Diana: Cornerstone of Early Montezuma Street Saloons

By Brad Courtney In July 1868, Albert Noyes, a transplanted New Englander, began circulating a rumor throughout Prescott. Noyes was the co-owner and operator of the four-year-old town’s first sawmill, the Quartz Mountain Sawmill, and he promised that he was … Continue reading

Campaigning With Crook and Other Arizona Stories

By Mick Woodcock As more and more Anglo miners and settlers moved to Arizona, conflict with the local inhabitants was generally inevitable. This constant state of warfare with the various tribal groups caused the Army to send Lieutenant Colonel (later … Continue reading

First Americans Strike Back: Indian Raids in Early Yavapai County

By Mick Woodcock When Anglos first came to the Prescott area, initial contact with the indigenous people was peaceful enough, but as more miners arrived who shot the Yavapai’s main food supply, the mule deer, things became tense. With an … Continue reading