Welcome to Prescott, AZ

Prescott was founded in 1864 as the Territorial Capital of Arizona, in honor of William Hickling Prescott, author of The History of the Conquest of Mexico. Three of the names originally proposed for the city were “Audubon”, “Goodwin City” and “Aztlan”. The name Prescott was accepted because the Arizona Miner’s reported that William Hickling Prescott was “a good citizen, a true patriot, with industry, perseverance under difficulty, amiability of character and love of country.”

City of Prescott