|THE WORLD'S OLDEST RODEO®"
July 4, 1888, became the birthday of professional rodeo when a group of Prescott, Arizona, merchants and
professional businessmen organized the first formalized "cowboy tournament" and offered cash prizes. A cowboy
named Juan Leivas walked off with rodeo's first professional title and was documented in the subsequent edition of
the Arizona Journal-Miner. These "Cowboy Contests" continued and were planned, promoted and carried out by a
committee of local merchants. From then on, rodeo has grown into a multimillion dollar enterprise with more than
700 professional rodeos in 50 states.
|SMALL TOWN AMERICA COMES ALIVE
Prescott is a city in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city
is 39,843. The city is the county seat of Yavapai County. In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona
Territory, 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 towns of Prescott Valley, 7 miles east; Chino Valley, 16 miles north; Dewey-Humboldt, 13 miles east, and
Prescott, together comprise what is locally known as the "Quad-City" area. This also sometimes refers to central
Yavapai County in general, which would include the towns of: Mayer, Paulden, Wilhoit, and Williamson Valley.
Combined with these smaller communities the area had a population of 103,260 as of 2007. Prescott is the center of
the Prescott Metropolitan Area, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as all of Yavapai County.
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