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About Prescott Arizona
Prescott Arizona is in Yavapai County, most residents pronounce Prescott as pre-ket or pres-kot. The 2010 Census reported the city population at 39,843. Prescott is the county seat of Yavapai County and was designated as the capital of Arizona Territory in 1864, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple. The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867. Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.
The Shallot All Museum houses much of Prescott's territorial history, and the Smoki and Phippen museums also maintain local collections. Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott boasts many historic buildings, including The Palace, Arizona's oldest restaurant and bar, and many other buildings that have been converted to boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, and restaurants. The city was named after author William Prescott, whose writings were popular during the Civil War.
Prescott also has a place in western folklore with the fact that Virgil Earp, Wyatt Earp's older brother lived in Prescott in 1879 and told him of the boom town in Tombstone, Arizona. It is also rumored that Doc Holliday spent some time in Prescott just before heading to Tombstone.
Prescott AZ Culture
Prescott has many Victorian style homes. Prescott has 809 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Prescott is home to the downtown historical area known as Whiskey Row, until 1956 a notorious red-light district. In 1900, a great fire destroyed almost all of the buildings on Whiskey Row, including the 1891 Hotel Burke, advertised as "the only absolutely fireproof building in Prescott". By legend, the patrons of the various bars simply took their drinks across the street to the Courthouse square and watched it burn. At the time of the fire, the entire bar and back-bar of the Palace Hotel was removed to the square by the patrons as the fire approached, re-installing it after the gutted brick structure was rebuilt. There are four golf courses within the city limits: Antelope Hills Golf Course, which consist of the City of Prescott South Course and the City of Prescott North Course, Hassayampa Golf Club, and Prescott Lakes Golf Club. More courses are located nearby in surrounding towns.
Prescott is home to The Arizona Pioneer?s Home, a continuing care retirement home, operated and funded by the State of Arizona, originally intended for impoverished Arizona founders from Territorial days. Initially the home was built to house 40 men, but in 1916 an addition of a women?s wing was completed to provide for 20 women. Later, in 1929, the home again expanded to include Arizona?s Hospital for Disabled Miners (current total capacity is 150 beds). While Prescott is known for its western and cowboy feel, it is also the home of Prescott College, a small liberal arts college located just west of the downtown area that emphasizes environmental and social justice. In recent years Prescott College has fostered The Catalyst Infoshop (an Anarchist Free Space), Karma Farms (a community garden program), a local farmers market, as well as many other establishments. It is a non-profit organization which has an undergraduate body of roughly 800 students, and an average student to faculty ratio of 7:1 in on-campus classrooms. There are four general programs at Prescott College: the On-campus Undergraduate Program (RDP), Limited-Residency Undergraduate Degree Program (ADP), the Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program (MAP), and a Limited-Residency PhD program in Sustainability Education. Those enrolled in the Limited-Residency programs work with various mentors and Prescott College faculty, usually in their home communities. On-campus students live in Prescott and attend classes at the college itself.
Prescott AZ Education
Prescott is the main site of Yavapai College's campuses in the county. Yavapai College was established as a community college in 1965 and held its first classes in 1969. It offers more than 30 certificate, degree, and transfer options to students in more than 60 different programs of study.
In 2010-11, Yavapai College offered 99 certificate, degree, and transfer options to students in 73 different programs of study. In addition to traditional curriculum, the college offers many learning options to fit the lifestyles/circumstances of its students. Alternative learning options include: credit for prior learning, internships/service learning, non-credit courses, college for kids, high school partnerships (dual enrollment), internet courses, open entry/open exit courses, telecourses, senior programs (OLLI, Elderhostel/Edventures), and high school equivalency program (GED testing).
Prescott College is "an independent liberal arts college offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as teacher certification. Prescott College is also one of the few colleges in the United States that offers adventure education as a major." The western campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is located here. ERAU teaches "the science, practice, and business of the world of aviation and aerospace." In recent years ERAU Prescott has also developed a research-oriented Space Physics Department. They also have one of the top Business departments in the southwest region dominating other schools at competitions whenever they go. They have also attained one of the highest ranked Global Studies programs in the world with the introduction of their Global Securities and Intelligences Studies program several years ago.
Northern Arizona University and Old Dominion University also have specialty campuses here as well as the online university, Northcentral University.
Prescott Unified School District operates public schools. There are 20 public schools in grades K-12, four private schools, and five charter schools. Prescott High School, is home of the Prescott Badgers. Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy is a charter high school. It is also the only Expeditionary Learning high school in the quad-city area.
Tri-City College Prep High School, a charter school, is rated as "Excelling" by the Department of Education. Abia Judd Elementary, Granite Mountain Middle School, Prescott High School, Taylor Hicks Elementary, and Washington Traditional School, all in the Prescott Unified School District, also rate "Excelling." Lincoln Elementary and Mile High Middle School are considered "Highly Performing.
The city's major retail center is Prescott Gateway, an enclosed shopping mall which opened in 2002. It replaced an older shopping mall, Ponderosa Plaza. As for independently owned and operated shops, downtown Prescott is full of choices, with most of them located on or around the courthouse plaza.
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