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Prescott, Arizona - Town Information and History
Beautiful Prescott Arizona is located at approximately 5400' elevation in the North central Arizona Mountains.
Prescott is approximately 96 miles NW of Phoenix and approximately 90 miles SW of Flagstaff. Prescott is also only approximately 95 miles SE of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Prescott has a mild four-season climate, with monsoons in the summer and some snow in the winter. The average summer temperature is 85F and the average winter temperature is 50F.
Prescott was founded in 1863 and was incorporated into Arizona in 1883. Prescott was Arizona's first territorial capital in 1863. Prescott lost its title as capital to Tucson in 1867 regained it again from 1877 until 1889 when it lost it to Phoenix. Prescott was named after William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859), who was a noted historian in the early to mid 1800s.
Communities in the Prescott Area consist of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt. These areas are sometimes referred to as the Quad-Cities.
If you are interested in more information on the history of Prescott Arizona, we suggest that you visit the Sharlot Hall Museum on Gurley Street or the Archives on their web site, Sharlot hall Museum Archives. There is a wealth of information about the history of Prescott available for those interested!
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