Who Was Mary Ramos?

By Christy Hastings The visitor to Sharlot Hall Museum who reads the exhibit posted in the small log cabin known as “Fort Misery” will be introduced to “Virgin Mary” Ramos, a most intriguing early Prescott pioneer.  When she died in … Continue reading

112 Year Old Mystery Solved

By Betty Bourgault My desire to adopt a grave at the Citizen’s Cemetery in Prescott and to become its caretaker led to the solution of a century-old mystery and to my learning of a most remarkable young man who served … Continue reading

How Wild Was It? Crime and Justice in Territorial Arizona

By Paul T. Hietter During the late summer of 1879, John Keller was accused of killing a Salt River Valley farmer named Luke Monihon.  The murder outraged Phoenix residents and a number of them planned to lynch Keller.  By coincidence, … Continue reading

Deputy Sheriff Grover Sexton and the Studebaker Big Six

By Brendan Fillingim When Studebaker Company executives learned late in 1924 that 12 of the 13 Arizona county sheriffs were using their “Big Six” model—a large V-6, six-passenger touring car—instead of other available brands, they dispatched Grover Sexton to interview … Continue reading

A Frontier Fort on Granite Creek – Part 2

By Mick Woodcock The initial fort on Granite Creek with its wood palisade had barracks, hospital and stables outside the log walls.  The number of troops assembled to campaign against the Yavapai at times numbered six companies which taxed the … Continue reading

A Frontier Fort on Granite Creek

By Mick Woodcock By 1863, the central mountains of Arizona had not been explored by Anglo-Americans. Several different parties of men headed into the mountains, but the first to arrive and find gold was guided by Joseph R. Walker. The … Continue reading

Prescott’s Gentle Snakes Challenge the Federal Government

By Ray Carlson Last week’s article described how the Way Out West Show in 1921 raised money to pay off part of the Frontier Days’ debt.  Gradually, though, it became clear that the Smoki snake dance part of the Show … Continue reading

Gentle Bull Snakes Eat Into Prescott’s 1921 Financial Difficulties

By Ray Carlson In early May 1921, Neil Clark, the Yavapai County Attorney, ran an advertisement indicating that he would pay 50 cents for live bull snakes over 3 feet in length.  A common question was what a prominent attorney … Continue reading

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