Whiskey Row is probably one of the oldest and most famous streets of Prescott, Arizona, with plenty of stories to tell from the days of the Old West.
Whiskey Row, otherwise known as South Montezuma Street, dates back to around 1864, just after the city of Prescott was founded. At the time it was one of the most prominent and well-travelled areas in the city, with many famous figures often frequenting the saloons that lined the street. That was, after all, what gave Whiskey Row its name - the huge number of saloons, restaurants and other drinking establishments in the vicinity.
Whiskey Row has had a long and colorful history since then, including the two fires of 1883 and again in 1900 which, between them, destroyed many of the buildings and businesses of the street. However, the street has been wonderfully restored to its former glory, with many of the buildings being renovated to look exactly as they did over 100 years ago.
Today the street is still home to plenty of saloons and bars as well as many other establishments, and even some of the most famous buildings in the area. The Palace Restaurant and Saloon is one such place, being the oldest frontier saloon in the state of Arizona.
The Palace has been open since 1877 and had to be completely rebuilt after the fire of 1900, but it was restored to look exactly as it did before with the original bar even being saved and re-installed in the new building. It still serves drinks and some of the best burgers in the area, and it's also a great place to go to see some of the history of the district with plenty of paintings, photos and other memorabilia lining the walls.
The Hotel St. Michael is another well-known building, having been in continuous operation since 1891. Other places of note include Bird Cage Saloon, the Jersey Lilly and the Galloping Goose, all popular places with both locals and tourists alike.
There are also plenty of old artisan-style stores throughout Whiskey Row, all offering a taste of the Old West. Then there are various street and musical performances both in the bars and elsewhere, really giving a feel of the whole area.
Whiskey Row is just as popular today as it ever was, with plenty to see no matter what you're looking for. It's also a prominent place to visit on the 4th of July, when Frontier Days celebrations take place. One such even is the World's Oldest Rodeo, an event that's attended and watched by people from all over the state and beyond.
Whiskey Row is a great place to visit for anyone who has a taste for the Old West, or even if you just want to step back in time for while and experience frontier life in one of the many saloons of the area. It's a popular tourist attraction and is a must-visit for anyone in Prescott or the surrounding area.