Prescott Valley, Arizona

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Prescott Valley is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States, just east of Prescott. Prescott Valley was the seventh fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona between 1990 and 2000. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 36,122.[2]

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Geography

Prescott Valley (locally, PV) is located in Yavapai County in central Arizona approximately 85 miles north of Phoenix at 5100 ft. elevation. PV is situated with good access to Arizona State Route 89, SR-89A and SR-69 , connecting to Interstates I-17 and I-40.

One of PV's landmarks, Glassford Hill (elevation 6,177 feet), once was an active volcano between 10 and 14 million years ago. Colonel William A. Glassford traveled the area in the 1880s and helped build a system of 27 heliograph stations to monitor the movements of Apache Indians, U.S. military troops and civilians. Glassford Hill was a part of that early communications system.

History

Prescott Valley’s Fitzmaurice Ruins contain artifacts from the early Mountain Patayan people who inhabited the area some 14,000 years ago.

The Walker party discovered gold along Lynx Creek in 1863.

Prescott Valley, formerly known as Lonesome Valley, was settled by ranchers in the 1880s, raising beef to supply the miners and new settlers. The Fain family, pioneer ranchers, still ranch in the valley.[3]

Thomas Gibson Barlow-Massicks arrived in the area in the early 1890s and built the historic "Castle" that still stands in Fain Park. Massicks had a hydraulic gold mining operation in Lynx Creek Canyon and the company mining camp of Massicks just east of his Victorian home, the Castle. The fireplace with chimney just inside the Castle's fence is all that remains of Massicks store. Massicks accidentally shot himself and lingered for almost a year dying in April 1899 at the age of 37. Later in the 1930s there was a gold dredging operation on what is called Doodle Bug Diggings farther east in Lynx Creek Canyon than Massicks operation. Doodle Bug Diggings is still shown on some topographical and other types of maps. Sharlot Hall Museum.

In the mid 1960s, Prescott Valley Incorporated, a real-estate company from Phoenix, purchased land in an area 10 miles east of Prescott known as Lonesome Valley. In 1966, representatives from Prescott Valley Inc. began traveling to the Midwest to sell home lots. By 1978, more than 1,500 residents were living in the unincorporated area now known as Prescott Valley. In 1978, 80% of the voters of Prescott Valley voted for incorporation as a town.[3]

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