Prescott Arizona 1913

Promotional Brochure put out by the Santa Fe Railway

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The area of Yavapai County (Arizona) is 8150 square miles. It holds within its confines, mile for mile, as much of interest to the sightseer as any other section of the world. The archaeologist and the mineralogist have touched only the surface of this treasure vault.

There is fame awaiting the man with the palette who can faithfully depict upon his canvas its crags and canyons, its pine-clad mountains and its rolling mesas. Nature has wrought here in close companionship all that has been pronounced unique in the Garden of the Gods and the Yellowstone Park. And has added others of her works strange to all the rest of the world. Its cliff and cave dwellings and hieroglyphic records are as old as the
pyramids of Egypt, and of equal interest.

Many years ago the capitol of Arizona "was kept on wheels" as a convenience in avoiding the persistent Indian. So it came to pass that one day it was moved to a point in the very center of Yavapai County, and permanently established among the lumbermen engaged in ravishing the Sierra Prieta of their pines. Later Granite Creek indiscretely revealed some gold nuggets pilfered from the mountains to the south, and the mad rush of humanity was on.

The placer miner, having thrice "washed" Granite Creek, has hied him to more fertile field. The lumberman has dismantled his mill and restablished himself in the denser forests to the north. In time, the capitol was again moved. The real wealth of the locality, however, could not be removed. The wonderful climate, the fascinating scenery, the azure sky and the pine-laden ozone remained to bless those who establish permanent home 5,300 feet above sealevel, and called it Prescott.

The Creator's most favored spots are not necessarily those best know. The tourist and the homeseaker follow crowds along beaten tracks. Even the native, grown up in the familiarity that breeds indifference, if not contempt, has not always appreciated the charms of Yavapai and its legendary history. In this he was but true to human nature.

A country that can justly claim a summer climate unexcelled in all the world, must perforce, come into its share of prominence. The sightseer, the globe-trotter and the homeseeker have "discovered" Prescott. The tide of travel is slowly turning. "Every year to California for fifteen years" is not a n uncommon boast. It may be made on board train while passing through Arizona, or while at the noon-day meal in the magnificent Hotel Escalenate at Ash Fork. Fifty miles to the south is Prescott. A few cents additional fare includes a side trip. And the side trip will equal the California record. The boast will be "To Prescott every summer."

The slogan "See America First," is too broad in its application. America is very large. From New York it is as far to California as to Europe. See America if you will, but see Yavapai first.

The thermometer registered over 85 only 30 times in the 153 days; 13 times in June, 8 times in July and 9 times in August. It registered over 90 only seven times, as follows:

June 5
June 3
June 4, 27
July l0
Aug. 8, 21

Thus there remain of the 153 days, 123 days when the maximum temperature was 85 or less.

The minimum temperature during the same period was as follows:

Lowest 27
Lowest 41
Lowest 40
Lowest 48
Lowest 30
Highest 57
Highest 60
Highest 64
Highest 63
Highest 59

No matter what the temperature during the mid-day may be, cool mornings, evenings and nights are invariable. The very small percentage of humidity in the atmosphere insures a summer climate apparently ten to twenty degrees cooler than the thermometer readings would indicate to people living on the coasts or at lesser altitudes.

The same reports show that during that period there was an average of 23 2-5 clear days per month. If the partly cloudy days are included, it brings the average up to 28 3-5.



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