|In 1864, Prescott became the first capital of the Arizona Territory. In those days, the town was anchored by the infamous â€œWhiskey Rowâ€� with shady ladies
and Wild West iconic guests like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.
Adding to the cultural experience are over 700 buildings on the National Register of Historic Buildings including the recently restored 500-seat Elks Opera House,
which is back to hosting live performances.
Also on the Registry is the Yavapai Courthouse Plaza. In 2008, the Courthouse Plaza was recognized as one of the first ten â€œGreat Public Placesâ€� in America by
the American Planning Association. The plaza enjoys the select company of such iconic places as New York Cityâ€™s Central Park and Santa Monica Beach in
California. More than 130 activities occur annually including arts and crafts shows, concerts, dancing, outdoor movies, and other special events. People are always
seen on the plaza. Walking around the plaza is quite popular with the locals (3 laps = 1 mile). The granite downtown Courthouse set among green lawns and spreading
American elm trees reflects the Midwestern and New England background of Prescottâ€™s early pioneers, thus coining the phrase, â€œEverybodyâ€™s Hometownâ
|Welcome to the Hotel St. Michael in beautiful, historic downtown Prescott, AZ. Prescott is a quaint and friendly town with a rich history. Once the
territorial capital of Arizona, Prescottâ€™s wild-west heritage and hometown friendliness make an ideal destination for visitors from all over the
world. And right in the heart of this beautiful town, stands the Hotel St. Michael. The hotel stands at the intersection of Prescottâ€™s famed
Montezuma Street (Whiskey Row) and Gurley street, the northern flank of the Courthouse Plaza Square. It is ideally situated within walking
distance of dozens of shops, art galleries, and restaurants. And when the sun goes down over Thumb Butte, Whiskey Row comes alive with
exciting entertainment venues and Nightlife.
The bustle of downtown Prescott promises fun and excitement for everyone.
|Located right off the Lobby the St. Michaelâ€™s specialty shops are located on the property,
either along Gurley Street or along Montezuma (Whiskey Row).
|Lost in an Escher Painting
|THE HOTEL ST. MICHAEL'S WALL FACES
The question of those faces in the decorative circles just below the roof line. They take the place of the usual gargoyles, though there are also a wolf head and
a ram's head. Speculation has it that the individual who created the faces depicted prominent politician's of the time -- none too flatteringly, either. Revenge,
it is said for not letting them build over three stories.
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