January 28, 2018

Pioneer Surveyor / Miner Robert W. Groom


Originally Robert W. Groom came to the area to mine. However, Groom was also a surveyor which was a rarity in Yavapai county in the mid-19th century. Soon he would be pressed into service to plot the streets and blocks for both Prescott and Wickenburg.

Groom Creek was named in his honor.

He was also involved in one of the most bizarre duels in the history of the southwest.

January 21, 2018

The Indian Raid That Gave Fort Rock Its Name

Fort Rock stage stop.
The stage stop was originally known as Mount Hope and was located in hostile Hualapai territory on the wagon road between Prescott and Hardyville (now Bullhead City). But on Saturday, November 19, 1866 the Hualapai would attack in force with 50-100 brave warriors and the name of the locale would forever change.

January 14, 2018

The Battle of the "Pinole Treaty"


PINOLE: A food made of maize, cacao beans, and spices that originated with the Aztecs.

It was January 4th, 1864. A.H. Peeples had just given his friend, William Kirkland, a watchdog with a new litter of puppies.

It was a decision that Peeples would regret the following night.

January 7, 2018

Arizona's First Carnegie Library

One cannot tell the story of Arizona's first Carnegie library without telling of the organization that birthed it. It was a group of Prescott pioneer women who became known as The Monday Club.