The inscription on this plaque reads:
PRESCOTT. FOUNDED IN 1864 ON GRANITE CREEK. EARLY SOURCE OF PLACER GOLD. FORMER TERRITORIAL CAPITAL OF ARIZONA. NOW A CENTER FOR RANCHING, MINING, HEALTH, ESPECIALLY ASTHMA RELIEF. LOCATED HERE ON SITE OF OLD FT. WHIPPLE IN WHIPPLE VETERAN'S HOSPITAL. SEAT OF FIRST GOVERNOR'S MANSION, AND ARIZONA PIONEER'S HOME. FRONTIER DAYS, OLDEST RODEO IN WEST, BEGAN HERE.
Within 2 or 2-1/2 hours from most locations in the Phoenix area, Prescott, Arizona makes a great day trip for both adults and children. There's so much to do! Yes, of course, Prescott is now a modern city, with a mall, and a megaplex movie theater, and Starbucks. On this trip to Prescott, Arizona, however, we'll be concentrating on the old part of town--the center of town, where it all began.
Here's my suggestion for an itinerary for a day spent in old Prescott, Arizona.