Prescott Trip, Part II

 

I went to the Sharlot Hall museum on Sunday after a wonderful hot yoga class. Sharlot Hall was an inspiration. A photographer, writer, rancher, politician, and historian (and so much more!) she was responsible for Arizona becoming a state, and for employing a thousand men during the great depression, and for saving so many priceless pieces of history. Read an overview on her here.IMG_8299 IMG_8300

The original Governor’s Mansion of Arizona. When it was built, it cost $6,000! It is a log cabin, but each log was carved into a rectangular block, which helped with the home’s preservation. It stands on its original site. In the 1980s it was lifted up to repair the foundation, and the museum has a display of small items that had fallen between its floorboards over the years (buttons, marbles…). It has two separate residences inside, and two men lived and worked here. One brought his wife from New Jersey and she demanded a little more privacy, so a wall was added to their side. Her father gave her a gift to keep her safe in the Wild West–a “boot pistol.” It was a tiny gun that held a tiny round bullet, and I was told that its purpose was not what I expected. If she were captured by Native Americans, she could retrieve it from her boot and shoot herself in the head. The desert Apache were notorious for torturing captives.IMG_8301 IMG_8302 IMG_8303

I love the horseshoes hung above the entrance for good luck:IMG_8304

This is one of two log cabins on the property…this would have been a rancher’s home. The door was about 5’5″ high…IMG_8305

Train station:IMG_8306

Prescott had a LOT of fires, and their fire department was kept extremely busy!
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Sharlot called this building below the “thousand hands” building, as it employed so many people for its construction. This was the first building built on this site for the museum. While it was being built, she lived in the Governor’s Mansion.IMG_8313 IMG_8314

This tiny cabin, called Fort Misery, had an even lower door — less than 5′ high!IMG_8315 IMG_8316 IMG_8317 IMG_8318

Below is a beautiful wreath…IMG_8319

Made of human hair! Weird!IMG_8320 IMG_8321 IMG_8322 IMG_8324 IMG_8325 IMG_8327 IMG_8330 IMG_8331 IMG_8333 IMG_8334 IMG_8335 IMG_8336 IMG_8337 IMG_8338 IMG_8339

After the museum, Josh, Samantha, Nate, and I went to Watson Lake to see the Granite Dells. We couldn’t help but joke about how much the area looked like the ride Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland. The hiking area was centered on an ancient rail line (the tracks are gone now) which had been created with dynamite blasting through the granite.IMG_8348 IMG_8357

Nature Nate points out the diet of a large bird from its droppings (some kind of freshwater shrimp).IMG_8358 IMG_8363 IMG_8364 IMG_8365 IMG_8368 IMG_8370 IMG_8372 IMG_8374 IMG_8375 IMG_8376 IMG_8380 IMG_8381

There is an eerie beauty to the water line showing how low the lake water is…IMG_8385 IMG_8387 IMG_8390 IMG_8391 IMG_8398 IMG_8405 IMG_8409 IMG_8411 IMG_8412

A grave?IMG_8417 IMG_8418 IMG_8420 IMG_8421 IMG_8424 IMG_8425 IMG_8430 IMG_8431 IMG_8433 IMG_8434 IMG_8435 IMG_8439

I think this was an old hunting blind?IMG_8441 IMG_8446 IMG_8462 IMG_8463

Can you spot the turtle in the photo below?IMG_8464 IMG_8466 IMG_8469 IMG_8470 IMG_8473 IMG_8474 IMG_8476 IMG_8478Fabulous.

 

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