Wednesday, May 9

A tough Row

Whiskey Row in 1905.
'Tis a sad day for Arizona historians after a fire on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 destroyed two businesses and damaged a third on historic Whiskey Row in Prescott, Ariz.

Whiskey Row got its name for having 40 bars in one city block.

All three of the burned businesses - the Bird Cage Saloon, Larry & Hy's Bare Bones BBQ and Prescott Food Store - are located in one building that was erected right after most of the downtown burned to the ground on July 14, 1900.

The 1900 fire destroyed almost all of the buildings on Whiskey Row including the 1891 Hotel Burke, advertised as "the only absolutely fireproof building in Prescott."

According to local legend, the patrons of the various bars simply took their drinks across the street to the Courthouse square and watched it burn. At the time of the 1900 fire, the entire bar and back-bar of the Palace Hotel was removed to the square by the patrons as the fire approached, re-installing it after the gutted brick structure was rebuilt.

Prescott residents are already vowing to rebuild the newly-damaged Whiskey Row.

I wish them luck.


  1. We have an odd question for you since we think you guys live in AZ, if you have the time to answer it.

    Are there any towns near the Grand Canyon that are sort of like Tombstone, AZ? Or any Tombstone-esque towns located in northern AZ? We have a family member who wants to see both in one trip - but that's a huge distance to cross without jumping from plane to plane, haha. Any suggestions are very welcome.

    1. Ahh, northern Arizona. If arriving in Phoenix and heading north I recommend Prescott (, the former capitol in this post, or Jerome (, a former mining town perched on the side of a mountain. If time is available I highly recommend going to Williams ( and taking the historic train to the Grand Canyon.