Sunday, December 13, 2009

Early Prescott

This curious representation of "historic" Prescott hangs near the entrance desk at the Sharlot Hall Museum and is called "Prescott -- 1864-1924". The title caught me up short, but then I spent a little time studying details to discover the painting is chockablock full of anachronisms.

For example, there is a handful of motor cars in the midst of horseback riders and pack mules. There is also a streetcar, marking this street (below) as Gurley.

The old Head Hotel shows up moved to the NE corner of Gurley and Cortez Streets.

Frontier Days plays out on Cortez Street, with the stand on the Courthouse Plaza. Whiskey Row is on the opposite side of the original Courthouse (below).

Yes, there was a railroad train evident at the north end of town, but the hydraulic gold mining (below) actually happened in Lynx Creek, quite a few miles distant from the Courthouse.

Ah, if only I had anticipated how that one picture (top) was to be used! I would have made a number of closer shots to maintain decent detail.

Winter Wonderland: The dotter was out with her new camera and has just posted the results -- beautiful pictures of hoar frost build up by Alaskan fog on the trees. Gorgeous.


Antipodean Curmudgeon said...

Artist's license at it's best. Maybe grog affected him/her.

OM's shots are beauts.


Anonymous said...

Creative depiction of history. I like it! Glad you blogged about it to create a record of "errata".

~Anon in AV.

Granny J said...

bro -- I go with the artist's license hypothesis.

anon av -- reminds me of references back to our times, mashed up with everything from the Middle Ages and the Roman Empire, that sometimes appears in SF novels.

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