When gold was discovered along Lynx Creek in 1863, the area that would later become Prescott Valley began to attract attention from the outside world. Miners came and so did the military, which established Fort Whipple in nearby Prescott but made use of Glassford Hill as part of a communication system. By the early 1900s, homesteaders, merchants, freighters, and ranchers had also arrived. As the 20th century progressed, what had been a peaceful stretch of grazing land known as Lonesome Valley gave way to a budding town finally incorporated in 1978 with 1,520 citizens. On the land where a volcano erupted long ago, mammoths once roamed, prehistoric people hunted, miners sought their fortunes, and ranchers herded cattle, Prescott Valley is today a thriving--and rapidly growing--town of more than 35,000 residents that has retained much of its small-town character and charm.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Product dimensions:||6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)|
About the Author
Local author Jean Cross serves on the Prescott Valley Old Town Board and has received the Heritage Award from the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce to acquaint the public with the history of Prescott Valley. For this retrospective volume, Cross has gathered over 200 images from such sources as the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, the Town of Prescott Valley, and the private collections of local residents.
Table of Contents
1 Prehistory of Prescott Valley 9
2 The Lure of Gold 17
3 Valley Ranches 29
4 Trails and Tracks 43
5 The Rise of a Town 53
6 Incorporation 87
7 Present-Day Prescott Valley 95
8 Fain Park 113
9 Preservation of Old Town 121