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It struck me as a lover of quotations to begin this post with a quote from President Abraham Lincoln:

A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started. He is going to sit where you are sitting, and when you are gone, attend to those things which you think are the most important. You can create all the policies you please, but how they are carried out depends upon him. He will assume control of your cities,states, and nations.

The quote relates to an Eagle Scout project to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Scouting. They are raising funds to purchase and donate the life-size bronze sculpture titled, “Footsteps to the Future”, by Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows to the City of Prescott.

Folks, these are tough times for many of us. But I believe tough times brings out the best in us. I am a board member of the Prescott Area Arts Trust and we are acting as a fiduciary for the fund-raising for the great project. Please visit their web site for details. And please pass this information on to your email list — this is our chance to pay it forward. Click the link below to go to their website:

Footsteps to the Future website 


Learn to be a winner from 2 time World Champion Walt Woodard

  • Prescott Rodeo Grounds
  • MAY 7, 8 & 9 from 9am – 4pm
  • All Levels Beginner to Professional
  • Classroom & Video Sessions
  • RV Hook-up available 
Walt Woodard

Walt Woodard -- Two time world champion


Limited number of Students — Enrolment $500.00

$200.00 Deposit required by May 1, 2010  

For Information contact:  

Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc., PO Box 2037 ,Prescott, AZ 86302 (928) 445-3103  

Prescott Frontiers Days, Inc. World's Oldest Rodeo

Prescott Frontiers Days, Inc. World's Oldest Rodeo


Sponsored by:

Olsen's Grain

Olsen's Grain


Chino Valley • Dewey
Flagstaff • Verde Valley
2 Scholarships available from Olsen’s Grain.
For each rope purchased from 3/1 – 4/15,
your name will be entered into the drawing.

As the sub-title for this blog states, Every day, in so many ways, Prescott Rocks!  I would like your input on what you would like to see next in this blog. Thanks for your participation and please pass on to other people who would be interested. for Prescott for Prescott


The Prescott Area Arts & Humanities Council invites you to the launch of in the Prescott Area! 

Smoki Museum
Smoki Museum


Where:           Smoki Museum (Smoki Pueblo) 147 North Arizona Avenue, Prescott 

When:             Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 10:30AM 

Why:               Learn a great way to publicize arts and cultural events!  

Please RSVP to in the Prescott Area has been made possible thanks to the generous support of: 

Prescott Area Arts & Humanities Council
J. W. Kieckhefer Foundation
Margaret T. Morris Foundation
Elks Opera House
Ponderosa Hotel Management
Tim’s Toyota Center
Prescott Museums
© Jack D. Wilson 2010

Prescott Arizona is a relatively small town of about 43,000 people. However, its thirst for the arts is disproportional to its population. Arts have many forms including the performing arts, painting, sculpture, public art, galleries and museums. This article focuses on our many museums, and includes existing museums, collections on loan and future museums.

Existing Museums

Sharlot Hall Museum Logo

Sharlot Hall Museum

(website: ) was founded in 1928 by Sharlot M. Hall. The museum is within easy walking distance of the Courthouse Plaza and Whiskey Row. It is located at 415 West Gurley Street. Their phone number is (928) 445-3122. If you like history, you will love this museum. It is a museum campus with several buildings including the original Territorial Governor’s Mansion (yes, Prescott was the territorial capital on two occasions). You can spend an hour or a day here and they have a museum gift shop with fascinating merchandize.  Here is a YouTube video about the museum: An Inexpensive Arizona Family Getaway – Sharlot Hall Museum

Phippen Museum of Western Art

Phippen Museum of Western Art

(website: ) opened its doors to the public on October 13, 1984. It is named after George Phippen, first president of the Cowboy Artists of America. The Phippen Museum is located 7 scenic miles north of the Courthouse plaza in downtown Prescott, Arizona. From the downtown area, take Highway 89 North past the Granite Dells. The museum is on the right (4701 Highway 89 North). Their phone number is (928) 778-1385.   

Smoki Museum

The Smoki Museum

(website: ) has an interesting and somewhat controversial origin. The “Smoki People” were area businessmen, not native American Indians – for the full story see The museum is located at 147 N. Arizona Ave. about seven blocks east of the Courthouse Plaza. Their phone number is (928) 445-1230

Here is a quote from their website on the origin of the museum:

Designed to resemble an Indian pueblo, the Smoki Museum was built in 1935 of native stone and wood. It was constructed with labor provided by the Civilian Works Administration and the Smoki People. The Smoki People were a group of Prescott citizens organized in 1921 and dedicated to the perpetuation of American Indian ceremonies and dances.  Until 1990, the Smoki People held annual pageants at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds, but they also became a large social organization focused on developing appreciation for Southwest Indian tribes through the Museum and their annual program. ”

Fort Whipple Museum Sign

The Fort Whipple Museum

is our newest museum (website: The museum was a joint effort between the Bob Stump VA Center and the Sharlot Hall Museum. It is located on the grounds of the VA Hospital on Hwy. 89 in Prescott. Admission is by donation. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Spot – a Child’s Museum

The museum opened in 2009 in the Prescott Gateway Mall. Their website is at

There vision and mission statements (from their website) are:

The spot…a Child’s Museum envisions children as lifelong learners who are inquisitive and knowledgeable about the world and are inspired to become stewards of a peaceful and sustainable planet.    
The spot…a Child’s Museum provides interactive play experiences to stimulate curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving for children of all ages.”    

Collection on Loan

The Prescott Area Arts Trust (PAAT) owns the Solon H. Borglum collection currently on view at the Prescott Valley Civic Center. The Solon H. Borglum exhibit features 19 sculptures and other items from the renowned sculptor’s collection. Learn more and read the self-tour guide: Solon H. Borglum Fine Arts Exhibition

The Prescott Area Arts Trust plans to install this collection into a museum setting in Prescott in the future.

Future Museums

Prescott Fire Department logo

Prescott Fire Department Museum

The Prescott Fire Department is the oldest fire department in Arizona. They celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2010. They have accumulated a wide variety of historical fire department memorabilia and plan to have a museum of their own in the future.    

Prescott Frontier Days Worlds Oldest Rodeo

Prescott Frontier Days® World’s Oldest Rodeo Museum

The Prescott Frontier Days® World’s Oldest Rodeo has run continuously since 1888. It will celebrate its 125th season in 2012. Over that long history, Prescott Frontier Days® has collected a large amount of rodeo items of historic value.

About the author

Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. While he was mayor, he participated in two Mayor’s Ride to Work and had a Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.

Sharlot Hall Museum is one of the historic gems of Prescott. Unfortunately, the Arizona legislature continues to reduce its funding. Fortunately, our Prescott Area Independents (independent restaurant and bar owners) are stepping up to help fill part of the gap. Their war cry is “Let’s party!” To ensure we do it right, they are having two parties, not just one.Party 1 is at Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley Street from 5-7PM on Thursday April 1st with food, music, beer, wine, and maybe some engaging conversation, but certainly lots of fun!Party 2 is at the Old Firehouse Plaza, 220 W. Goodwin Street where you will “party on” with more music, more fun, music, wine and food and maybe an engaging conversation or two. Do not miss this inaugural event, tickets for both parties are $15 in advance of $20 for walk-ins.Tickets available in advance at Sharlot Hall Museum, Firehouse Kitchen Restaurant, Larry and Hy’s Bare Bones BBQ on Whiskey Row, Scores Sports Bar and Grill on Commerce Drive and at Leff’T’ Steakhouse in Dewey. Walk-in tickets for $20 at entrances to both parties. The only thing left to do is to heed the war cry “Let’s party!

April Foolishness Party April 1

April Foolishness Party April 1


If you are an outdoor travel enthusiast, you have some new options in Prescott, Arizona. Rubicon Outdoors and the Marriott Springhill Suites in Prescott have teamed up to offer three tours.        

Rubicon Outdoors teams up with Springhill Suites

A new outdoor adventure partnership


One is at the link below:        

— 7 day: Northern Arizona Highlights        

The other two are described below and will be added to the Rubicon Outdoor site later this month.        

Prescott to Grand Canyon – Rails and Trails – Hotel/Lodge Based – Guided Hiking Tour
We meet at the Springhill Suites in downtown Prescott at 5:00pm the day before departure for a quick informational meeting and to make sure everyone is properly prepared for the trip. The following morning we will again meet at Springhill Suites at 7:30am and transfer via shuttle to Williams where we will board the vintage Grand Canyon railway for a historic ride to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Upon arrival, lunch will be prepared by your guides followed by a walk along the rim of the canyon. Accommodation will be provided a short walk from the rim in the Maswick Lodge with a gourmet dinner at the El Tovar dining room, in the historic El Tovar Hotel.  The second day will start with an early breakfast at the Maswick Lodge followed by a full day hike on one of the many breathtaking trails.  Perhaps we will choose to hike the Hermit Trail to Dripping Springs, a lush oasis about 1000 ft below the rim.  Your guides will hand you a handcrafted sack lunch in the morning to be enjoyed at your leisure during the day. Transport back to Prescott via shuttle arriving around 6:30pm at the Springhill Suites. Includes:  Two nights accommodation at the Springhill Suites in Prescott, round trip transportation to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, one nights accommodation at the Maswick Lodge South Rim of the Grand Canyon and dinner at the El Tovar Hotel, three breakfast and two lunches and qualified local guide.       

Cost:  $895.00 per person(double occupancy), $395.00 (single supplement)

Prescott Adventure Getaway – Hotel Based – Guided Adventure Tour

The miles of biking and hiking trails and endless rock climbing possibilities make Prescott a mecca for outdoor adventure. With the Bradshaw Mountains, Granite Mountain and Watson Lake Recreation Areas all within minutes of Historic downtown, Prescott is truly an adventurer’s paradise.
Includes:  Transportation to and from adventure activities, two nights accommodation at the Springhill Suites in downtown Prescott, breakfast and lunch both days and qualified local guide.
Cost: $395.00 per person (double occupancy), $195.00 (single supplement)       

Additional Information       

Rubicon Outdoors October 2009 e-newsletter that highlighted Prescott Area Adventures      

Rock climbing with Rubicon Outdoors

Prescott is a premier mountain biking destination. The city of Prescott has over 28 miles of trails and the U. S. Forest Service has 450 miles.

The Prescott mountain bike community has formed the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance, Prescott’s first mountain bike-specific club aimed at promoting the fine riding in Prescott. The are holding a fabulous fund raiser called Ales for Trails on Wednesday, March 24 at the Raven Café in downtown Prescott from 6-10PM.

The event will feature live music, silent auctions, a primo raffle, beer specials provided by New Belgium Brewing Co. and much more. Come for the beer and a chance to win free air tickets for two from Horizon Air (value up to $1,200). Stay to see what your friends look like without helmets. More information at

Prescott Tourism Tweets

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