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Thanksgiving in Historic Prescott

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Prescott — Arizona’s first capital — where you’ll ride a heritage train, learn about local culture and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at historic Hassayampa Inn.
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Program No. 6371RJ
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5 days
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Arizona

Thanksgiving in Historic Prescott

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Prescott — Arizona’s first capital — where you’ll ride a heritage train, learn about local culture and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at historic Hassayampa Inn.
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5 days
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Program No. 6371 RJ
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Celebrate Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season in historic and beautiful Prescott, Arizona’s first territorial capital. Get to know historic Prescott with visits to Courthouse Square and Whiskey Row. Hear Western ballads and tales of local pioneers, and sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving Feast at the historic Hassayampa Inn. Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, a 600 year old Sinagua cliff dwelling. Enjoy a train journey through the wild and beautiful Verde River Canyon as you wind along stunning red rock cliffs and scan for bald eagles.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about Arizona territorial history with a noted Prescott historian, and explore the Sharlot Hall Museum with an expert.
  • Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, a 600-year-old Sinagua cliff dwelling.
  • Ride the scenic Verde Canyon Railway beneath red rock cliffs and along the wild and scenic Verde River, keeping an eye out for herons and bald eagles.
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Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country
by Williams, David B. & Gloria Brown
Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated trailside reference to plants, animals, and geology of an area that includes nine national parks and monuments. 192 pp.
Prescott, Arizona (Images of America Series)
by Wildfang, Frederic B.
In 1864, the beautiful park-like basin under Thumb Butte was surveyed, and the town that is now Prescott was laid out along Granite Creek where gold had been panned. Twice designated the capital of the newly established Territory of Arizona, Prescott suffered a devastating fire in July 1900 that destroyed the downtown district, but the blaze afforded the town s resilient citizens the opportunity to rebuild in more durable brick and stone. Since then, the mining and ranching opportunities, the cowboy-and-Indian lore, the commercial ventures, the salubrious climate, and the picturesque landscape have characterized Prescott as one of the most desirable and livable communities in the country. The city s dedication to preserving its unique heritage has resulted in more than 600 buildings being placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the 1864 Governor s Mansion has been beautifully preserved as part of the Sharlot Hall Museum, which opened in 1927. 128pp.
Roadside Geology of Arizona
by Chronic, Halka
The 18th printing of this book in the Roadside Geology Series offers a mini-course in geology, focusing on what can be seen from Arizona highways. Although written especially for those with little or no geologic training, there's plenty here for the professional geologist as well--a great introduction to Arizona and its past. Geologic terms are defined where first used and again in the glossary. Inside the front cover is a legend to geological symbols and abbreviations commonly used by geologists. 321pp
Arizona: A Cavalcade of History
by Trimble, Marshall
During America's first 100 years as a nation, pioneers moved ever-westward to new frontiers. When it became too crowded or the soil was mined out, they moved on to virgin land. Those days are gone forever. We have to learn to live with the problems we create. The knowledge gained from studying the mistakes of the past can help provide a better future. Will Rogers said it best: "The Indians never got lost because they were always looking back to see where they'd been." 368pp





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