Prescott Weather – sunny and gorgeous the last couple of days. This has been a great week. Sunny weather makes a difference. Thank goodness because we had a blogger meetup Thursday, and Janet spent the night, so I have lots of compelling photos. I hope to use them to meet the requirements of several challenges.
The dream of saving history Spured on the girl named Sharlot A outdoor gal who loved big things Frivolous she was not. Old settlers dying - their goods were all gone Indian wares were looted for naught Sharlot stored and collected for years Saved buildings from future's onslaught. ©Marsha Ingrao, 2023 My attempt at a Sijo for this week's W3 Prompt
Why Is the Name of the Museum Sharlot Hall?
Sharlot Hall served as Arizona’s territorial historian from September 1909 until February 1912, when Arizona became a state. She was the first woman to hold a salaried office in the territory. She lobbied Congress to make Arizona a separate state from New Mexico, and won the fight!
For more information about Sharlot Hall read here.
Blogger Meetup in Prescott, AZ
The plan was to meet at Sharlot Hall Museum at 10:00 on Gurley Street in Prescott on January 11th. Janet, from This That and The Other Thing, and I were already a little late arriving in spite of the fact that Jodie, from Jodie’s Touch of Style, and her gang had driven two hours from the Valley to get there. We went to the Gift Shop instead of the Museum where we finally found our group waiting for us. Jodie and her fashionable folks used their time wisely and took photos.
Our group photo and several other photos from our meetup qualify perfectly for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – the color amber. Between Lesley’s beautiful jacket and pants, and the color of the floor, this picture has an amber hue.
This second photo of the inside of the Gift Store also gives off an amber hue for Cee as well as being a door for Dan’s Thursday Doors. In all the times I’ve driven past the Sharlot Hall Museum sign and seen the gorgeous home, I thought it was the Governor’s Mansion.
Not so, this next picture shows the main living area of the Governor’s Mansion built in the middle of an area unsettled by Americans or Europeans in 1864. Richard McCormick, the territorial secretary, claimed 160 acres and contracted to have the cabin built. At 2000 square feet, it was a mansion compared to the tents in which they had been living.
With neither windows nor floors, the governor and his secretary moved into the unfinished home in August, just a month after construction had started. The first governor’s wife decided not to leave Maine to come to Arizona with her husband. The secretary’s new bride Margaret came and helped complete the home with furniture much as you see here. You can read more about the log mansion here.
The Governor’s Mansion is “the oldest building associated with Arizona Territory still standing on its original location.”
There were several buildings on the property established in 1928 as the “Gubernatorial Mansion Museum” by Sharlot Hall. The “Museum features eleven exhibit buildings (six of which are historic), compelling exhibits, and a beautiful garden.” Sharlot Hall Museum
The school was the first outbuilding we visited. Another cold abode was aptly named the Misery House.
There was so much to do and learn, it would take more than one trip to really grasp the history of Prescott. One thing we learned was that Gurley Street, one of the main streets in downtown Prescott was named after Mr. Gurley who never made it to Prescott.
“President Abraham Lincoln appointed the first three territorial governors: John A. Gurley, John Noble Goodwin, and Richard C. McCormick; only two served. John Gurley, on the evening of his departure to Arizona for his new appointment, suffered an appendicitis attack and died at the age of forty-nine.”Cave Creek Museum
There is much more to be said both about our wonderful meetup and about the Sharlot Hall Museum but that will have to wait until a later date.
Pssst: I walked 15,000 steps yesterday. And I did it correctly. Janet spent one of our evenings together teaching me how to walk properly so I am less likely to fall. Win! Notice my new badge from Fitbit is turquoise. Win! Win!
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