Hit the Trail
Want to explore the history and culture of this former territorial seat? Follow the Prescott Heritage Trail!
By Kristen Almquist
This self-guided tour takes you on a walking tour of the downtown area, stopping by landmarks that include the Roughrider Statue, Elks Theater & Opera House, and the Western Heritage Center.
There are numerous attractions to visit along your journey, including the Palace Saloon. Opened in 1877, this historic watering hole played host to Doc Holliday and Virgil Earp, who was Prescott’s Town Constable. Though the saloon was destroyed in the Whiskey Row fire in 1900, the original bar was carried to safety by customers and is still in use today.
Along the trail the charming St. Michael Hotel sits at the intersection of Montezuma and Gurley Streets, making it an ideal point from which to explore the Courthouse Plaza and Whiskey Row.
The Yavapai County Courthouse, built in 1916, is on the Register of Historic Places, and has the distinction of being the place where Sen. Barry Goldwater announced his presidential candidacy in 1964.
Nearby on Gurley Street is the Hassayampa Inn (pictured above), built in 1927 and designed by architects Trost & Trost. Henry Charles Trost was a Tucson resident for a number of years, and designed the Steinfeld Mansion, the Owl’s Club, the Carnegie Library, and a number of other commercial and residential buildings. The Inn, which manages to be both small town and elegant at the same time, has welcomed everyone from Clark Gable to D.H. Lawrence.
And three major museums dot the trail: Sharlot Hall (which has several historic buildings on the grounds, including Fort Misery, the oldest known log cabin in Arizona); Smoki (with collections of Native American artifacts); and Phippen (dedicated to Western artists).