True Tales of Prescott

True Tales of Prescott

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Located in the center of Arizona, Prescott is the heart and soul of the state. Carved out of the wilderness to become the first capital of Arizona Territory, the town has been a magnet for colorful characters since 1864. From Isaac Goldberg, proprietor of the first saloon, to musical icon Bruce Springsteen, Prescott has hosted its fair share of legends. Highwayman Brazen Bill Brazelton moseyed through the streets of Prescott, as did Bucky O’Neill and Barry Goldwater. Famous landmarks like the Palace Saloon survived not only Prohibition but also the Great Fire of 1900, which burned through Whiskey Row. Join historians Bradley G. Courtney and Drew Desmond as they round up tales of Prescott’s fascinating past.

 Paperback  144 pages  


Bradley G. Courtney is an author and independent historian who lived and taught in Phoenix, Arizona, for nineteen years, as well as on the Navajo Indian Reservation in northern Arizona for twelve years. Brad has appeared on CNN and the Travel Channel, among other outlets. He holds a master’s degree in history from California State University. Drew Desmond is the author of the popular #PrescottAZHistory blog, which features more than 280 articles and has welcomed nearly 750,000 readers. Local schools use the blog in their classroom curriculum, and his research finds are displayed in two museums. Drew has also authored many magazine articles. He is secretary of the board of the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation and its Western Heritage Center on historic Whiskey Row.