The Story of Bessie Brooks: An Interracial Adoption in Arizona Territory

By Al Bates A chance encounter at a Fourth of July outing in 1869 led to the adoption of an orphan Indian child and, many years later, to one of Territorial Arizona’s most bitter estate settlements.  Feelings were so intense … Continue reading

The Courtship and Marriage of the Widow Leib

By Al Bates  Last week’s Days Past told the tangled story of Charles Leib, earlier an eastern politician and later an Army contract surgeon in early Arizona Territory.  This week we turn our attention to his widow and her future … Continue reading

Charles Leib: Eastern Politician, Territorial Contract Surgeon

By Al Bates When General James Carleton needed a medical officer to accompany the Fort Whipple founding party in late 1863 he selected a former Santa Fe newspaper owner and politician with somewhat dubious medical qualifications.  Although Charles Leib claimed … Continue reading

Prescott’s Granite Dells Resort: 19th Century Farm, 20th Century Summer Playground

By Debra Matthews “There she is, Miss America” is the line famously sung by Bert Parks that spawned many Americans to take a look at beautiful bathing beauties.  However, long before the televised Miss America pageants, there were bathing beauty … Continue reading

Sam “Charmingdale” Rogers: A Man Who Was Renamed for the Community he Founded

By Jay Eby Recently, Days Past brought you the story of Sam Curtis Rogers and his underfunded attempt to provide a school system for Prescott in the late 1860s.  This experience ended when he moved his family to a farm … Continue reading

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