Charles D. Poston’s Early Fall from Political Prominence

By Al Bates Charles DeBrille Poston was not the only early Arizona pioneer to be pushed aside by newcomers and changing circumstances, but he certainly was the best known—shoved aside unceremoniously and unexpectedly by others who had arrived to fill … Continue reading

“Greetings! You are in the Grand Canyon”

By Brenda Taylor “Bail out!” yelled the pilot to his flight crew.  “One engine is lost to fire and the others have conked out, bail out – NOW!”  At this order, the bomb bay doors dropped open and three of … Continue reading

Christmas in Prescott in the 1870s through the Eyes of the Miner

By Mick Woodcock What follows are excerpts from articles about Christmas in Prescott from selected years during the 1870s.  We hope this will give you an idea of what our predecessors thought of the holiday and how they observed it. … Continue reading

The First Safford Administration: Arizona’s Time as a Benign Dictatorship

By Al Bates When Arizona’s third territorial governor, Anson P. K. Safford, arrived at the Territorial Capital of Tucson in July 1869 he was met both by an enthusiastic citizenry and by a legal firestorm that threatened extended chaos in … Continue reading

How Arizona Territory came to have its “Capital on Wheels”

By Al Bates The portability of Arizona Territory’s seat of government—Prescott to Tucson to Prescott to Phoenix—earned it the nickname of “Capital on Wheels.” It began when Governor Goodwin told the first legislature at Prescott in late 1864, that “permanent” … Continue reading

The First Arizona Territorial Legislature Completes a Productive Session

By Al Bates  This article ends the Days Past sesquicentennial series covering Arizona Territory’s earliest two years from a Prescott perspective. The first Arizona Territorial Legislature adjourned on November 10, 1864, leaving behind a solid record of accomplishment headed by … Continue reading

Yavapai Arizona, Mother of Counties

By Elisabeth Ruffner  Among the myriad counties created in the United States over the earliest years of this democratic republic, Yavapai County in the Arizona Territory was the largest ever devised.  Of the original 65,000 square miles designated when Arizona … Continue reading

William Jennings: Prescott’s First Effective Lawman – Part 2

© By Brad Courtney Part one of this article told of the rise of Prescott’s first effective lawman, night-watchman William Jennings.  His downfall would be more rapid than his ascension. All heroes have an Achilles’ heel, and Jennings was no … Continue reading

William Jennings: Prescott’s First Effective Lawman – Part 1

© By Brad Courtney Prescott has its share of legendary lawmen.  Its first lawman of note was most likely William Jennings, a transplanted Englishman who was not a marshal, sheriff, or chief of police, but a night-watchman.  A case can … Continue reading

Childbirth on the Arizona Frontier

By Dr. Mary Melcher During the 19th century, a woman’s death in childbirth occurred about 65 times more often than in the late twentieth century, according to historian Judith Leavitt.  In the rural West and Arizona Territory, giving birth was … Continue reading