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

Early Contributions of Mexican-Americans in Territorial Prescott and Vicinity

By Allan and Cathie Englekirk Arizona today, with some of the most beautiful scenery, best weather and greatest variety of things to do, is one of the fastest growing states in America.  However, it wasn’t always so popular.  Only Native … Continue reading

The Story of Bessie Brooks: An Interracial Adoption in Arizona Territory

By Al Bates A chance encounter at a Fourth of July outing in 1869 led to the adoption of an orphan Indian child and, many years later, to one of Territorial Arizona’s most bitter estate settlements.  Feelings were so intense … Continue reading

The Courtship and Marriage of the Widow Leib

By Al Bates  Last week’s Days Past told the tangled story of Charles Leib, earlier an eastern politician and later an Army contract surgeon in early Arizona Territory.  This week we turn our attention to his widow and her future … Continue reading

Charles Leib: Eastern Politician, Territorial Contract Surgeon

By Al Bates When General James Carleton needed a medical officer to accompany the Fort Whipple founding party in late 1863 he selected a former Santa Fe newspaper owner and politician with somewhat dubious medical qualifications.  Although Charles Leib claimed … Continue reading

Prescott’s Granite Dells Resort: 19th Century Farm, 20th Century Summer Playground

By Debra Matthews “There she is, Miss America” is the line famously sung by Bert Parks that spawned many Americans to take a look at beautiful bathing beauties.  However, long before the televised Miss America pageants, there were bathing beauty … Continue reading

Sam “Charmingdale” Rogers: A Man Who Was Renamed for the Community he Founded

By Jay Eby Recently, Days Past brought you the story of Sam Curtis Rogers and his underfunded attempt to provide a school system for Prescott in the late 1860s.  This experience ended when he moved his family to a farm … Continue reading

Legends & Lies: The Real Doc Holliday Versus Hollywood’s Vision

By Victoria Wilcox Prescott is famous for the Wild West exploits of some of its former citizens—including stories of dangerous dentist John Henry “Doc” Holliday, who paused here before moving on to the silver mining camp of Tombstone.  But one … Continue reading