Courthouse lighting: Simple tradition to elaborate production

(Much of this article first appeared in the Courier as part of Lester Ward "Budge" Ruffner's column on Dec. 4, 1988.)

Back when Budge Ruffner was a boy, county work crews and a huge, freshly cut spruce from the Bradshaw Mountains could only mean one thing. It was time to erect the Christmas tree on the Prescott courthouse plaza.