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

When Arizona Went Progressive: The Career and Views of Governor George W. P. Hunt

By David R. Berman Arizona has had its share of colorful politicians but none more so than Democrat George W. P. Hunt, our state’s first governor, who voters elected to that office seven times.  He was deeply involved in most … Continue reading

George Phippen – Prescott’s Premier Multi-Media Western Artist

By Edd Kellerman  This year marks the 100th birth anniversary of local artist, and first president of the Cowboy Artists of America, George Phippen.  In celebration of the event, the Phippen Museum is presenting a special exhibition of his work.  … Continue reading

The Rise of Indian-art Markets and Their Role in Preserving Native American Culture

By Sandra Lynch  Once the Indian wars of the 19th century were over and the remaining tribes were contained on reservations, our country suddenly became nostalgic about the loss of the “noble savage.”  As one result, American Indian-art markets entered … Continue reading

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