|Gurley Street, looking west toward Thumb Butte|
|Gurley Street, looking east from Courthouse Plaza ("the Square")|
I like downtown Prescott because it has a number of old, historic buildings that are inhabited by local businesses. No chain stores or restaurants here. With the beautiful light and plenty of time on my hands I decided to wander the streets as a tourist would. I had only lived in the area a year, and so it would be a chance to visit some of the shops that I hadn't yet, as well as re-visit those I knew already, to see what had changed.
|The beautiful Hassayampa Inn on Gurley Street|
|Whiskey Row (right), Montezuma Street across from the Courthouse Plaza (left).|
On the north side of the Square is Gurley Street, which is Prescott's Main Street. Gurley Street comes down the hill from the east at the beautiful red-brick Hassayampa Inn and the Elks Theatre, and points west toward Thumb Butte, the iconic upthrust on the Prescott National Forest just west of downtown.
|Gun lovers' signs for sale.|
Alongside Courthouse Plaza to the south is Whiskey Row, that block of Montezuma Street with a very colorful (i.e., wild) past and is still the epicenter of downtown's night life. With a number of bars, art galleries, restaurants, and upscale shops, it's a great place to browse and spend an hour or three. And that's during the daylight hours! Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday are long gone from the scene, but downtown lives on as a mixture of historic and modern.
|Hotel St. Michael ("St. Mike's") building anchors the north corner of Whiskey Row|
|Mountain Spirit Co-Op art gallery and healing center on Cortez Street|
|Cortez Street Emporium (and mirror for lovely Arizona sky).|
|The Cortez Street Emporium makes it plain when it's open...and where the entrance is!|
|Visual collage of inside and outside, near and far, courtesy of the Cortez Street Emporium's front windows.|
|Along Cortez Street|
|North Cortez Street, Prescott, Arizona|
|Murphy's Restaurant, Cortez Street|
|Wandering "local tourist" photographer...|
|The former train station is now an upscale professional building.|
|Historic photo from the Sharlot Hall Museum archives shows the train station in its day.|
|Local businesses aren't shy about turning their walls into public art.|
|Streetside art on The Lone Spur Cafe, Gurley Street|
|Adams Specialty Automotive Repair shop, my beginning and ending point near historic downtown.|
|Granite Basin Lake and Granite Peak, on the Prescott National Forest a few miles west of downtown. Gotta take the vehicle for a little drive after being worked on!|
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