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When in the Spring 2011 Bone's Daughter Katie matriculated from Embry-Riddle in Arizona, the Boys thought it was an ideal time to Climb some cliffs and challenge the Barkeeps in Whisky Row in Prescott all to the chagrin of Bone's Daughters Katie and Kelsie !
Prescott's Whiskey Row, Circa 1905
The aforementioned Whisky Row is on the 100 block of South Montezuma Street in Prescott, and has long been known for the numerous saloons that still line the street. As Prescott poet Gail Gardner once wrote of "Whiskey Row" "Oh they starts her in at the Kaintucky bar, at the head of Whiskey Row, and they winds up down by the Depot House, some forty drinks below."On July 14, 1900, this block was totally destroyed by fire. Within a few days of the fire, new construction was underway in brick and masonry. Most of the buildings on this block were constructed between the fall of 1900 and 1905, and include Sam'l Hill Hardware Company, the Highland Hotel, the Palace, the Levy Building, and the Hotel St. Michael. All of these buildings are constructed with permanence and appearance in mind in styles typical of early 20th century buildings. Most of the color and stories of Prescott originated in this one block landmark that still celebrates that fact that it once hosted over 40 saloons. If you have ever been to Downtown Prescott and witnessed "The Row", it would be hard to imagine that so many saloons could have fit on one block. Prior to 1877, "The Row" was rumored to have been located a couple blocks to the west of its present location. But it was moved due to the insistence of many of the local employers and wives, because the patrons of "The Row" had to cross a foot bridge over Granite Creek to return home and in the wet season, some of the more sot would fall into this very shallow creek and drown. Some buildings were architecturally progressive, such as Sam'l Hill Hardware Company, or architecturally outstanding, such as the Palace and the Hotel St. Michael. All present a united front to the Courthouse Plaza, resulting in a unique turn-of-the-century facade which is essentially intact today. Well, "Wild Bill" Mike and "Little Joe" Bone hankered in to town, sullied the hills of Sedona with spilled beer and cigar smoke, made Coyote Joe's in Whisky Row, Coyote Ugly with all the beer and whisky they drank, and showed the youngin's how to "hang" (literally !) by drinking too much early in a day. Yep, it was classic Mike and Bone doing the desert !
Day 1: Sanding down Sedona !
Day 2: Graduating from Whisky Row
Day 3: Barrelling Back to Phoenix