First discovered in 1838 and then again in 1861, gold first brought prospectors as the first settlers of the area. During this Civil War time, the Union claimed Arizona as a territory because of its rich gold deposits. The first governor, John N. Goodwin choose Prescott as the first capital of Arizona. Later it was moved to Flagstaff and then ultimately to Phoenix. In 1900, a disastrous fire burned Prescott to the ground; but it was rebuilt, and many of the buildings you see today are reminders of its past. Today, the older residential streets are lined with tall trees and pitched-roof frame houses, including turreted Victorians. Prescott has many homes and businesses on the National Register of Historic Places. Prescott is located in the middle of the Prescott National Forest. The locals call it "Preskit." Other oldtimers may say it, "Prescutt."
The settling of Prescott: 1864
The incorporation date of Prescott: 1881
The house I will be living has graceful sloping floors - and is in the Historical District... I am actually quite excited to live here as there is an implied responsibilty to decorate at Christmas for the tourists and is within walking distance to all the community events.