About PrescottAZ4U

Welcome to everyone’s Home Town, Prescott, Arizona, situated at 5300′ above sea level and nestled in the historic Bradshaw Mountains of North-Central Arizona. Prescott was Arizona’s first Territorial Capital and has a colorful Old West history, the country’s Oldest Rodeo and has many current year-round attractions culminating in the winter as Arizona’s OFFICIAL Christmas City. People come from all over the West to enjoy our Christmas Parade, the Courthouse Lighting Ceremony and the Christmas Acker Music Festival. 

 Having an old fashion downtown complete with Courthouse Square, beautiful trees and grassy lawns, there are ample dining and “adult refreshment” establishments like the historic Palace Saloon,  a real swinging-door saloon right out of the Old West! Have an “adult beverage” on the same wooden bar Wyatt and Virgil Earp and their pal Doc Holliday enjoyed!              

Modern shopping, local and chain dining, 5 different colleges including the highly acclaimed. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Yavapai Apache reservation is nearby and this tiny tribe has two casinos for those who like to play the games.

 I will focus on points of interest and attractions that can be found in and around our town and hope this info can be of assistance for a future visit or even for relocating here.


10 Responses to “About PrescottAZ4U”

  1. Margarette Gatchell Says:

    Good start. Can’t wait for more.

  2. Tom Says:

    Just started.

  3. Pat Busch Says:

    Cool idea for a blog, Tom!
    Can’t wait to see more.

  4. Party caterers in Miami Says:

    Hi there blogger, nice web design, really pretty. Is this custom drupal? How easy is it to change the color? Thanks so much, I hope to get an email.

    • Tom Says:

      Sorry for the delay. Just using one of WordPress’s open themes that allow custom features. I am not an html expert by any means.

      Again, was out of town and some health issues in the immediate family.

  5. Joanne Says:

    looking to rent in a 55+community. Can you tell me how high approximately does the humdity get in the summer. i am asking this because of medical reasons. Thanks to anyone that can help.

    • Tom Says:


      Thank you so much for your inquiry, I hope I can be of help.

      This winter has had 3 or 4 nights in the teens and the temperature in the day after those nights in the low 30′s. Currently we are having 30′s at night and 50′s to low 60′s in the day. Today’s local paper (http://prescottdailycourier.com/) shows the normal low as 21 and the high 42. In the 9 years we’ve lived here the most snow we’ve had is 12 inches, usually no more than once a season and the streets are usually clear the next day with the snow gone within 4 or 5 days.

      Summers are 80′s and 90′s with a rare day or two over 100. Evenings cool to the 60′s and low 70′s. The “monsoon season” from mid July to September has the conditions for thunderstorm, sometimes strong, to occur in the afternoons. It can be “humid” just before a storm but my gauge seldom sees 50%. During short hot spells humidity can get into single digits. I would say the average runs in the 20’s though most of the summer. I have allergies and have had less problems here than the 34 years I lived in Southern California. We have 300+ days of sunshine and fresh air at our 5200′ altitude.

      My wife is the real estate expert and has been helping several folks with rentals lately. She just helped a couple find the rental that met their need days before Christmas and another rental inquiry called last evening. I will forward your email to her and she will contact you as to the particulars of your request. You can browse her web site at “www.PrescottAZ4U.com” linked off our blog. We searched for the “perfect” place to retire for many years with our preference being the West; Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. After many vacation spent in the size cities we wanted to live in, we chose Prescott and haven’t regretted a minute! I hope it can meet your needs as it has ours!

      Thanks again for contacting us,

      Tom and Margarette

  6. Tom Says:

    Whiskey Row touted as top Urban Arizona site by AAA

    File photo/The Daily Courier
    Prescott’s Whiskey Row made the AAA list of top Urban Arizona sites.

    File photo/The Daily Courier
    The futuristic community of Arcosanti, designed to have a low impact on the environment, also made the AAA list of top Urban Arizona sites.

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    Everybody loves a parade!

    Joanna Dodder Nellans
    The Daily Courier

    Prescott’s venerable Whiskey Row is the only downtown business area in Arizona included on a new AAA list of the top 25 urban places to visit.

    AAA asked its Highroads magazine readers to help it come up with the top 100 things to do and see in Arizona, to celebrate the state’s February 2012 centennial.

    The club split the top 100 sites into four categories that will run in four consecutive issues of its Highroads magazine: Quintessential Arizona, Urban Arizona, Historical Arizona and Festive Arizona. The second list just came out in the magazine’s July/August issue.

    “Back in Prescott’s rip-roarin’ days, bars and saloons filled an entire block in the heart of downtown,” the Whiskey Row entry reads. “It was called Whiskey Row then and now, but gift shops and restaurants have replaced most of the original beer-and-booze dispensaries.

    “However, a couple of the oldies still offer beer that lunges from the tap with a curse, and a dark atmosphere that conveys patrons back to that wild and wooly time of yore.”

    Whiskey Row is consistently ranked in the Top 5 Prescott attractions when the Prescott Chamber of Commerce polls visitors, Chamber Director Dave Maurer said.

    “I think it’s a significant part of our heritage,” he said.

    Arcosanti also made the list of top Urban Arizona sites in the Highroads magazine. Located by Cordes Junction at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Highway 69, the futuristic city features solar power and tight-knit living to reduce its impact on the surrounding high desert. It is open to visitors and hosts numerous events throughout the year.

    Sedona’s Chapel of the Cross, nestled in the midst of the famous Red Rocks, made the Urban Arizona list too.

    Some of the winners are more generalized, such as “Museums.” Prescott’s Sharlot Hall Museum is one of only four museums specifically mentioned within this entry.

    And in the winning entry called “Dining,” two of the eight restaurants specifically mentioned in the entry are located in Yavapai County: the Sweet Grace Restaurant and Emporium in Camp Verde, and the Rock Springs Café in Rock Springs.

    Yavapai County also is represented in the 25 “Quintessential Arizona” winners in the May/June issue of Highroads.

    Winners include Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon with its numerous popular tourist destinations.

    Included under the winning “Indian Ruins” category are Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle national monuments in the Verde Valley.

    The magazine is available online at AAA.com/highroads.

  7. Tom Says:

    3/9/2013 9:37:00 PM

    Smoki History Rediscovered: Long lost artifact comes home to Prescott

    Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier

    The Smoki Museum’s Calvin Collidge Buckskin is signed by prominent Prescottonians such as Sharlot Hall, Kate Cory, Grace Sparkes and Gail Gardner. The buckskin was a plea sent to Calvin Collidge to come to Arizona.

    Karen Despain
    The Daily Courier

    A long-lost treasure that people believed would never return to its roots is now home at the Smoki Museum.

    This relic is a deerskin, dating back more than 80 years, which original members of the Smoki People fashioned to lure President Calvin Coolidge to Arizona and Yavapai County. They wanted him to see first-hand the desperate needs of the young state: roads, dams, bridges and more people. Arizona was only 13 years old at the time.

    So, the Smoki People, who in those days presented an annual fest of Native American dances, decided to invite the president to their next ceremonials.

    But, the invitation was not the formal, engraved kind. Rather it was a deerskin tanned to a very soft hide. Sharlot Hall, Kate Cory and Grace Sparkes, all of historical note in Yavapai County, designed and created the deerskin invitation, and Sparkes herself carried it to the president. She also took along a “Smoki Stetson,” a high-crowned dark red hat with a yellow band, which was designed specifically for the Smoki, and some silver and turquoise jewelry for Mrs. Coolidge.

    In return, the Smoki People did receive a photo of the president, the hat in hand, but he never did take them up on their invitation to their ceremonials.

    The Smoki People carried on and with $16,600 in WPA (Works Progress Administration) money and volunteer members’ labor, they built the museum that stands today at 147 N. Arizona Ave. in Prescott.

    But, alas, the deerskin was forgotten and fell into oblivion until just recently, when efforts to track it down were finally successful, said Cindy Gresser, executive director of Smoki Museum.

    “No one inquired about it. Everyone just assumed that it had stayed in Washington, D.C., in some obscure, archival location,” Gresser said of the vintage item. “Or, perhaps Calvin Coolidge had taken it with him when he left office. But, certainly ­ it must have been kept and treasured by someone.”

    When the museum celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010, the subject of the missing deerskin arose, Gresser said and, to no avail, she sent inquires to the National Archives and to the Smithsonian. All she heard back was “we have no idea.”

    Then, in 2012, Gresser did receive an email from a man in South Carolina, saying that he had “this weird piece that was his grandfather’s.” The “Antiques Roadshow” television program had come to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he lived and he threw this “weird piece” in with other items he took to the Roadshow for identification and valuation, Gresser said.

    “Thankfully, Doug Diehl and a few other experts on the Roadshow knew of the Smoki Museum and after seeing the skin, knew that it had to have originated here,” she said. “The owner took it home with him and sent an email.

    “His grandfather had acquired the deerskin – he did not know how or when. The deerskin hung on the wall of his grandfather’s basement in his Arlington, Va., home while he was growing up,” Gresser said.

    The grandson wanted considerably more than the Roadshow’s appraisal of $1,500 to $2,500. Ultimately, the man agreed to a lower price and said he would give the museum time to conduct fundraising to cover the costs – not only to acquire it, but also to preserve it once it returned to Arizona.

    At the end of 2012, Gresser called the man to arrange the purchase, only to find out that he had already sold it through an auction house in Scottsdale.

    Gresser called the auction house immediately with a plea for the name and address of the new owner, but she met with resistance, she said.

    “Then came another surprise email.” The auction house had contacted the new owner of the deerskin, and the owner, in turn, called Gresser with an offer to sell it at the price she paid.

    The final price was significantly more than the Roadshow’s estimate, but with the help of Smoki People who still live in the area, the museum was able to come up with the money “and the Smoki 1925 deerskin invitation is finally home.”

    The deerskin bears the signatures of all the members of the Smoki People in 1925, including Ralph Roper, Charles Elrod, Henry Brinkmeyer, Chris Totten and Gail Gardner, along with those of Prescott’s three most famous women – Hall, Cory and Sparkes.

    Long-time Prescott resident, artist and member of the Smoki People Bruce Fee wants to follow up on the names, written in their own hand, of the original Smoki members who signed the deerskin and find out more about them.

    “These men were very important to the town and to the Smoki,” Fee said.

    More than that, the deerskin “is beautiful. I appreciate the artwork, the content of the document, selling Prescott and Arizona to Calvin Coolidge. You get an overwhelming feeling when you see it,” Fee said.

    “It’s a wonderful artifact of the Smoki Museum and the original Smoki organization,” U.S. District Court Judge Paul Rosenblatt said. “It’s nice to have it. It’s a very appropriate symbol of the history of the Smoki People.

    “What I like about the new Smoki Museum organization is that they are recognizing the Smoki People and the contribution they made to Prescott and their honest effort to focus on Native American culture,” Rosenblatt said.

    The public will one day get to see the deerskin, too. Gresser said the museum is planning fundraising to cover costs of preserving it so that it doesn’t deteriorate. Then, it will go on display.


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