Prescott Valley Tidbits
Some people 100,000 years ago, Prescott, Arizona was inhabited over 9,000 years ago. These people were probably early descendants of the Yavapai Indian tribe. Yavapai translates into the People of the Sun. Their reservation currently borders Prescott Valley. The pre-historic Sinagua Yavapai native Indian tribes' artifacts can be located throughout the Verdi Valley in ancient Indian mounds and Pueblos and in the close by structures at the Castle of Montezuma as well as at Tuzigoot.
The United States Cavalry and some Spanish explorers went to the gold rush in California. Homesteaders and silver miners also had some influence on Prescott Valley. Prescott Valley was developing rapidly during the middle of the 1880's.
Many historians consider a man named Charles Poston to be The Father of Arizona, as the result of his efforts to establish the Arizona territory. In the territory, Mr. Poston was a prospector and explorer in the territory in 1864.
The Granite Mountains provide covered with great pine forests, and there is beauty and grandeur that is rarely exits elsewhere in the nation. The atmosphere is the ideal temperature, which rarely varies 75F degrees. The water is abundant everywhere and is refreshing, pour, and cool, and refreshing, and abounds in every direction.
There was considerable desert and as wilderness, yet numerous people arrive from anywhere. These people conduct their business of life confidence and vigor, which is inspirational to the most timid as well as inert that have the desire to accomplish something. Almost 150 years later, the beauty and grandeur are still there.
In 1864, Prescott, Arizona was established at the behest of President Abraham Lincoln along with the Congress. This was an effort to secure the mineral riches from the region, during the Civil War for the Union Forces. A man named William Prescott was the namesake of settlement. Prescott became known as having a unique place among the communities in 1865. The reason for this uniqueness that Arizona was reportedly that is settlement was established. There was a considerable amount of wood used to construct the structures, and the settlement was inhabited nearly exclusively by Americans as a result of the westward expansion of this country.
Prescott was the county seat and the territorial capital of Arizona. The land was used for a general townscape character, which is clearly evidenced the by the population by its Eastern and Midwestern roots. With its courthouse surrounded by a park, the town plaza reflects the influence and culture of the larger communities in the larger America rather than communities rather than that of the Southwest. The residents of Prescott Valley can currently called the center of the plaza of Prescott Valley as the center of this location the center of the community Plaza, although the design doesn't exactly fit. Eventually, in 1889, Prescott Valley eventually lost the Legislative seat of Arizona to Tucson and, in 1889, it finally lost Phoenix. In 1889, a very destructive fire, which burned the buildings that were built of wood, to the ground.
Prescott Valley has always had a problem with fires. A miner from Arizona suggested that a minimum of four deep wells be dug in order to save Prescott Valley, if a fire should fire break out in one of the structures that were constructed of wood. However, nothing was done by 1879. And in 1883, fire destroyed the majority of Montezuma. Solely for the purpose of fighting fires, wells were finally dug on the four corners of the plaza.
In 1900, a fire ran through Prescott Valley. This fire had an almost an uncontrollable fury, which nearly totally destroyed the business district of Prescott Valley. This fire started on the southwestern corner of Montezuma and Goodwin. The fire rapidly reached Montezuma. Buildings and more buildings rapidly went down in flames that then went moved across the street to destroy and burn the communities of Cortez and Gurley. Prior to the winds dying and slowing the flames down, nearly all of North Cortez was burned to the ground. When the wind died down after four hours of burning the flames were finally put out. In spite approximate of the approximate value of $1.5 million and the four hours to put out, everybody survived. It wasn't long before Prescott Valley was rebuilt using stone or brick. Many of the structures that are still standing are reminders of the past in Prescott Valley.
Fort Whipple is one of the hallmarks of middle 1900's. The Fort was initially used as a tactical base for the United States Cavalry and sometime later was used for the headquarters for the Arizona Volunteers. During World War I Fort Whipple was transformed to a sanatorium for those who suffered from Tuberculosis during the last 100 years and in 1920 was transferred to the Public Health Service continued use as a hospital for disabled Veterans. The facility was next converted to the recently established Veterans Administration during early 1930. This facility was used as a surgical as well as a general medical hospital. These days, the facility still has its early-to-middle 1900's architecture style and architecture and is still known as Fort Whipple. Around Prescott Valley some of the good days of the middle of the 1900's, seem to be still around the community.