Despite its early law enforcement presence, Prescott's place in the violent history of Yavapai County is written in blood. The jealousy, greed and pure meanness of some of its citizens produced shocking trails of destruction and death. The Keystone Saloon couldn't keep a proprietor-a series of owners was found dead with gunshot wounds. A driver-for-hire was brutally assaulted and his car stolen in Prescott's first homicidal carjacking. Two nurses conspired to poison a rich patient in their care. From the shootout that began Virgil Earp's career to knifings and dynamite attacks, Prescott history blogger Drew Desmond and Whiskey Row historian and author Bradley G. Courtney tell rarely heard stories that once rocked the town.
About the Author
Drew Desmond is a historian and author of the #PrescottAZHistory blog. He is the secretary of the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation and welcomes visitors to its Western Heritage Center.
Bradley G. Courtney, author of Prescott's Original Whiskey Row and The Whiskey Row Fire of 1900, is a historian who lived and taught in Phoenix and on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Brad has also recorded three albums of original music and has appeared on CNN, the Travel Channel and numerous other stations.
Table of Contents
1 Violence Finds Its Way into Early Whiskey Row's Popular Diana Saloon 7
2 William Jennings: Prescott's Hero and Insane Man from the Hassayampa 13
3 Murder-Or Was It?-On Montezuma Street 17
4 Virgil Earp Joins Posse That Kills Two Outlaws 25
5 Murder in the New Palace Saloon 29
6 The Curse of the Keystone Saloon 32
7 The Dynamite Demon of Whiskey Row 39
8 A Makeshift Underground Tourist Attraction 46
9 Granny Get Your Gun 53
10 The Dynamite Attack on J.S. Acker 60
11 Rich Ranchman Tries to Get Away with It 64
12 Murder Plot at the Pioneers' Home 72
13 Shot the Messenger 76
14 The Christmas Butcher 83
15 Taken for a Ride 88
16 Former Boxing Manager Beats His Wealthy Frail Friend to Death 99
About the Authors 112