Prescott is in central Arizona amid the largest stand of

Ponderosa Pine in the world. The community is 96 miles northwest

of Phoenix and 90 miles southwest of Flagstaff at an elevation

of 5,400 feet. Prescott was established in 1864, incorporated

in 1881, and is the Yavapai County seat. The city is named

in honor of William Hickling Prescott, a noted historian.

 

Since Prescott's founding as the first Territorial Capital of

Arizona and the establishment of nearby Fort Whipple, government

has been a dominant sector in Prescott's economy.

Prescott is the headquarters of the Prescott National Forest with

an annual payroll of nearly $5 million. Other major government

employers are: Arizona Department of Transportation, the

Veterans Administration Center of Fort Whipple, Yavapai

County, the City of Prescott and the Prescott Public Schools.

 

The fastest growing sector of the Prescott-area economy is manufacturing.

Caradon Better-Bilt employs approximately 530, and

other plants in the area are Sturm-Ruger, Quality Plastics of

Prescott Inc., Ace Hardware Inc. (regional distribution center),

and Printpack Inc.

 

Cattle and sheep ranching are the main agricultural activities

with grazing lands in the Prescott National Forest under paid

permit, as well as on privately owned land. The Arizona Crop

and Livestock Reporting Service indicates 50,000 head

of cattle in Yavapai County.

 

Mining activity is significant in the Prescott area. Cyprus-Bagdad

Corporation maintains a large open-pit copper mine, concentrator

and electrolytic refinery in Bagdad, 66 miles west of Prescott.

Thirty church-affiliated camps and one private summer camp,

Friendly Pines, are very significant to the Prescott economy.

 

Prescott is rich in historic and scenic attractions. Sharlot Hall

Museum and the Smoky Museum contain an array of pioneer

and Indian artifacts, which provide the real flavor of the Old West

and preserve the Southwest Indian culture.

 

Nearby recreational opportunities include: Thumb Butte,

Prescott's outstanding landmark; scenic drives, such as the

Senator Highway, and the Prescott National Forest, which contains

more than 1.2 million acres of land. A number of lakes are

within the immediate vicinity, including Lynx, Granite Basin,

Watson and Goldwater. Major annual events include Territorial

Days, Bluegrass Festival, and All-Indian Pow Wow in June; the

Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo and Celebration held over the

Fourth of July; the George Phippen Art Show on Memorial Day

weekend; the County Fair and the Faire on the Square in

September; and the Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting

in December.