Many Old West figures knew knew Prescott in the frontier days—after all, it was the territorial capitol. Doc Holliday lived there for a time, before making his way to Tombstone. Virgil Earp had his first law enforcement experience there in the 1870s. And the stories go on and on.
That is one reason Prescott is #4 among True West Magazine’s 2019 Top Western Towns. Tombstone, AZ took the top spot. They will be featured in the February 2019 issue, hitting newsstands on December 10, 2018.
Courthouse Square downtown sets the tone with a sidewalk timeline featuring prominent dates in the region’s development. It mixes nicely with the historical plaques along Whiskey Row across the street. That famous strip of saloons includes the Palace, which adorns its walls with wonderful historical photos. At Sharlot Hall Museum, see Arizona Territory’s first governor’s residence, a log cabin restored to its original look. The Fort Whipple Museum tells of frontier life through its vintage 1909 military officers’ quarters, and artifacts such as Army weaponry, photographs and military maps. The Phippen Museum, headquarters for quality Western art, has 17 bronze sculptures and paintings by Solon Borglum. Prescott’s first rodeo took place in 1888 and Prescott Frontier Days rodeo still turns the town upside down with eight days of wild fun over the Fourth of July.
“Prescott is a remarkable Old West town,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “Not only because of its history, but because it has done so much to preserve and present it through buildings, museums, events, and more. Prescott truly deserves the designation as a Top Western Town.”
This is the 14th year True West has presented this annual award. Editors base their selection on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events, and promotions of historic resources.
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