Prescott was founded in 1864 as the capital of the territory of Arizona. Prescott starting out as the capital led to the town being an early economic center for the Territory of Arizona. Prescott was named as a sign of respect for a notable author of the time named William Hickling Prescott. Prescott’s status as a major economic center has changed over the years, but it still remains a significant city in Arizona.
Prescott has been able to remain as a vibrant center largely due to its ability to adapt and its central location between Phoenix and Flagstaff. Prescott early in its history had large parts of its economy based on Mining. As many of the mines in the surrounding area dried up the town’s economic growth slid into a slump. This slump was short lived as rapid growth in the local cattle industry as well as the expansion of the railroad connected Prescott to previously hard to get to locations helped Prescott remain a relevant regional center in Arizona. Today much of Prescott’s economy is based around tourism largely due to its central location and nice year round climate. Prescott has reinvented itself over the years and been able to remain constant center of commerce and culture.
Watson Lake which is located just outside of Prescott is the perfect spot for those looking to enjoy the beautiful outside weather. Various activities such as kayaking, camping, and fishing are just some of the activities that can be done there. Watson Lake offers something for just about everyone who enjoys the outdoors. The picturesque view and fresh air make Watson Lake a very compelling attraction for those who wish to get out of the house and do something. This lake has been popular with locals and tourists alike for some time due to its convenient location.
The Sharlot Hall museum in Prescott is a long standing museum which is dedicated to teaching the masses about Arizona’s past. Sharlot Hall was named after Sharlot Hall who played an instrumental role in the founding of the museum. Sharlot was a collector and many of the artifacts that are still displayed today were directly donated to the museum by Sharlot Hall herself. This generous donation has made it so that everyone can enjoy and learn about Arizona’s history.