Prescott Pioneer Photographers

By Dennis O’Reilly Photography as we know it today literally burst onto the world scene in 1839. Its invention is attributed to Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, a painter and maker of dioramas in Paris, France.  Daguerre had invented a photographic process made … Continue reading

Frémont vs. Gosper: A Struggle for Power in Arizona Territory

By Murray Smolens Governor John Charles Frémont and Territorial Secretary John Jay Gosper were the two top officials of Arizona Territory from 1878 to 1881.  They got off to a poor start, and then things got worse.  Letters from Frémont’s … Continue reading

Nellie Boyd: Famed Queen of Melodrama Performs to Packed Houses in Territorial Prescott

By Tom Collins One of the great “firsts” in the history of the performing arts in Prescott was the visit of Nellie Boyd, queen of melodrama and the first legitimate dramatic actress to grace the boards of the Prescott Theatre … Continue reading

An Introduction to the Most Famous of Fur Trappers in Early Arizona

By Mick Woodcock The area that would become Arizona still was Mexican territory when American trappers began a series of illegal entries in search of beaver pelts.  While Americans could obtain permission to live in the region, Mexican officials would … Continue reading

Edward Fitzgerald Beale and Arizona’s Legendary “Ghost Camels”

By Mick Woodcock Back in the day, camels roamed Arizona.  Of course we are referring to Camelops hesternus, the extinct Western Camel that thrived in the savannah landscapes of the Pleistocene West over 11,000 years ago.  Or are we?  There … Continue reading

Quilting in Yavapai County, Arizona: A Longstanding Tradition

By Gail Van Horsen Since families first began settling in Yavapai County, the women have been making quilts.  For example, the Jacob and Mary Ritter family moved to the Bagdad area of the Arizona Territory shortly after the Civil War.  … Continue reading

Some Early Travelers across Northern Arizona: Aubry, Sitgreaves, Whipple, Ives, and Beale

By Mick Woodcock The first of our noteworthy travelers was Canadian-born Francois Xavier Aubry, who was well known in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as a fearless traveler of the Great Plains by the time he became acquainted with what is … Continue reading

Lucien B. Jewell: Gold Seeker, Musician, Jeweler and First Prescott Mayor

By Al Bates If there had been a competition in early Prescott matching a man’s name and his occupation, jeweler Lucien Bonaparte Jewell would have been the prohibitive favorite. He was born in New York in 1833, and came to … Continue reading

The Contributions of New Mexico Merchant Manual Yrisarri to Early Prescott

By Allan and Cathie Englekirk In the fall of 1863 when a young Albuquerque merchant named Manuel Yrisarri learned that the U. S. Army would establish a military outpost near the recently discovered gold fields of the Central Arizona Highlands, … Continue reading

Wicked Women Were Once Welcome in Prescott

By Jan MacKell Collins Prescott’s wild women—the harlots who worked on the line along both Whiskey Row and notorious Granite Street—were an interesting bunch.  They rolled into town beginning with Prescott’s establishment in 1864, and were making headlines shortly thereafter.  … Continue reading