Ranch Women: Making a Life “Between Dust and Clouds”

By Mary Melcher Ranch women in Yavapai County have a long history of hard work and adaptability.  A multi-talented group, they cooked, sewed, raised children and chickens, worked with cattle and rode horseback.  Their stories are sometimes buried under those … Continue reading

President Abraham Lincoln and the Arizona Territory

By Fred Veil The events which led to the creation, settlement and development of the Arizona Territory were strongly influenced by the policies and executive actions of our nation’s 16th president––Abraham Lincoln of Illinois. Lincoln, of course, presided over the … Continue reading

A Hostage to Fortune: The Disappearance of Mrs. Palatine Robinson

By Al Bates When America’s Civil War started in 1861, “Colonel” Palatine Robinson was a prominent Tucson businessman and an active Arizona politician while his lovely and fair-complexioned wife, Sarah E. Robinson, was the belle of Tucson’s small Anglo community.  … Continue reading

How Balls and Slabs of Silver in Old Sonora Gave Arizona its Name

By Al Bates In January 1737 Captain Juan Bautista de Anza reported from his outpost in Sonora to his superiors in central Mexico that there were vast deposits of silver near the “Arizona rancheria” owned by his deputy mayor, Bernardo … Continue reading

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