Mollie Monroe: Memorable, ‘Crazy’ Character of Early Prescott

by Michael Wurtz The article below first appeared in Days Past on November 2, 1997, in a slightly different form. Mollie Monroe has the unfortunate distinction of being the first woman in Arizona Territory to be declared insane.  Born in … Continue reading

Ambition, Talent and Luck: The Saga of Richard Gird in Territorial Arizona

By Al Bates Arizona pioneer Richard Gird is a tough man to pigeonhole.  Although his formal schooling ended at age 16, his considerable practical skills included: prospector, mining and mechanical engineer, surveyor, geologist, assayer of mineral wealth, and cartographer.  To … Continue reading

The History of Arizona Territory’s Early Historical Societies

By Al Bates Not only was Territorial Prescott home to the first Arizona historical society, it also was home to the second: First came the Arizona Historical Society incorporated by the first territorial legislature and organized in November 1864; second … Continue reading

Volunteers Have Always Been Essential to the Sharlot Hall Museum

By Mary Melcher Volunteers have always been the backbone of the Sharlot Hall Museum.  From the time that the museum was founded in 1928 to the present, volunteers have been needed to keep the Museum alive. During Sharlot Hall’s tenure … Continue reading

The Governor’s Mansion, Restored Centerpiece of Prescott’s Sharlot Hall Museum

By Al Bates The building known as the Governor’s Mansion started as and remains the centerpiece of the Sharlot Hall Museum campus.  It also is the subject of a classic piece of Prescott lore. That lore states that the request … Continue reading

Maps as History: Camp Wood as an Example

By David Stephen Yavapai County Road 68 is a roughly 46-mile unpaved, back-country route that originates near Bagdad and comes to an end at Williamson Valley Road north of Prescott.  Also known as Camp Wood Road it carries a compelling … Continue reading

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