Seeking Stability in the Pioneer Schools of Prescott: S.C. Roberts Builds a Schoolhouse

By Ray Carlson Between 1864 and 1869, the Arizona Miner, Prescott’s newspaper, described efforts by eight individuals to open a school in a private home or commercial building.  Each relied on fees paid by families, but none survived more than … Continue reading

Finding a Bonanza Was the Easy Part: The Story of the Ed Peck Mine

By Al Bates Ed Peck’s experiences in Territorial Arizona typify the local pioneer experience in that, no matter what their regular jobs, all spare time saw the men out searching for the next bonanza.  Ed’s was a classic example. Ed … Continue reading

Firefighting in Territorial Prescott: Pulling Your Weight

By Conrad Jackson While most of us are acquainted with the image of olden day firefighters using a bucket brigade to douse the flames of a burning building, fewer have seen the image of a hose cart racing down a … Continue reading

The Story Behind a Flatiron, a Brass Bucket and a Gold Watch at Sharlot Hall Museum

By Mick Woodcock What do a cast iron flatiron, a brass bucket and a gold watch all have in common?  In this case they were all owned by Catharine Scott Alexander, Yavapai County pioneer, ranch woman, wife, mother and mine … Continue reading

William F. Turner, Absentee Chief Justice of Arizona’s Territorial Supreme Court

By Al Bates Judging from time they spent away from Arizona during their terms of office many of our early territorial officials would rather have been somewhere else.  But who could blame them? They came from privileged backgrounds and all … Continue reading

The Final Steps from Frontier Fort to Veterans Hospital

By Mick Woodcock Efforts by the Yavapai Chamber of Commerce and others to have the Whipple hospital permanently transferred to the United States Public Health Service were successful.  On February 15, 1920, the hospital was formally transferred to the United … Continue reading

Fort Whipple Becomes a Public Health Service Hospital in 1918

By Mick Woodcock On February 25, 1913, Whipple was deactivated and the buildings were given over to a caretaker detachment.  The Army General Staff planned to concentrate the mobile army at eight large posts and abandon 31 small ones such … Continue reading

New Life for an Old Fort: Instead of Closure, Whipple is Rejuvenated

By Mick Woodcock After thirty-four years of active service, Fort Whipple was to be shut down on April 25, 1898, the same day Congress declared war on Cuba.  The officer on hand to close down the post instead became the … Continue reading

Base Ball: It Was Only a Game (1845-1919)

By Fred Veil The notion that Civil War general Abner Doubleday invented the game of base ball is a myth, promulgated and perpetuated by a group of Americans who, in the early-1900s were bound and determined to establish an American … Continue reading

Miller Valley’s Journey Through Time: “Loving to Learn and Learning to Love”

By Miller Valley Historical Team As with all things, there is a beginning and an end.  There is a birth, a lifetime to be celebrated and a legacy to be remembered and cherished.  So it is with Prescott’s Miller Valley … Continue reading