A Photographic Tour of 1916 Prescott, Arizona

A Photographic Tour of 1916 Prescott, Arizona

by Nancy Burgess, Richard Williams


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In the spring of 1916, an unknown photographer captured the heart of Prescott, Arizona. For decades the fruits of that labor, a collection of glass plate negatives, lay largely forgotten in the local opera house and theater. Now, an historic western town comes to life as it once was, through images of the town’s business district as found on those photographic plates. Step into a soda fountain, a pool hall, a mercantile, a haberdashery, a saddlery and more, and experience life as it existed in the newly minted state of Arizona in the early twentieth century.
This photographic history of Prescott, Arizona, is based upon more than 100 images from the 1916 glass-plate negatives. Complementary images of business advertisements, trade tokens, and streetscapes supplement the main photographs. Richly detailed captions highlight many aspects of the pictures, and the text further explores and describes the town’s historic downtown district, much of which still exists. Maps, a bibliography and an index complete the work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476664514
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nancy Burgess, a historian, professional photographer, independent preservation consultant and Arizona culturekeeper, lives in Prescott. Richard Williams a resident of Prescott since 1961, died in March 2015.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Notes on the Photographs 11


1. Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway: The Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Line 17

2. Bakeries, Butcher Shops and Restaurants 27

3. Banks 42

4. Carpentry, Hardware, Lumber, Plumbing and Sign Shops 49

5. Chamber of Commerce 60

6. Drugstores, Cigar Stores and Newsstands 64

7. Former Saloons and Billiard Halls 76

8. Gentlemen's Furnishings and Tailors 88

9. Hotels 98

10. Jewelry Stores 107

11. Ladies' Clothing and Millinery Shops 111

12. Professional Offices: Attorneys-at-Law; Insurance; Mining, Assayers, and Real Estate Agents; Newspapers 119

13. Retail Trade, Grocery, General Mercantile, Variety and Secondhand Stores 132

14. Schools 151

15. Services: Barber Shops; City/County Offices; Fire Protection; Foundry; Laundries; Library; Post Office; Shoe Repair; Western Union; Wells, Fargo & Co. 166

16. Transportation Other Than Railroad: Automobile and Machine Shops; Bicycle Repair, Fix-It, and Sign Shops; Blacksmiths and Liveries; Saddle Shop 189

17. Electrical Service and Streetcars 207

Conclusion 216

Appendix: The Merchant Trade Tokens 219

Bibliography 223

Index 225

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