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You live in the best Prescott, but how do the 13 others stack up?

There are at least 13 cities, towns, or places named “Prescott” in the U.S.

There are at least 13 cities, towns, or places named “Prescott” in the U.S.

There are at least 13 cities, towns, or places named “Prescott” in the U.S. Our city is the largest of all of them. Some are so small, it’s tough to find accurate data about them.

Here’s our list:

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Prescott, Iowa

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Prescott, Kansas, elementary school

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Prescott Estate, Newton, Massachussetts

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Prescott, Pennsylvania, railroad

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Prescott, Wisconsin

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Prescott, Washington, main intersection

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Prescott, Michigan

1) Prescott, Arizona (of course!):

Where: Yavapai County

Population: 40,000

Incorporated: 1880

Size: 41.5 square miles

History: Was the territorial capital, but lost the designation to Phoenix in 1889

Named for: historian William H. Prescott

2) Prescott, Arkansas

Where: Nevada County

Population: 3,296

Incorporated: 1874

Size: 6.5 square miles

History: A railroad town, it also benefited from timber sales

Named for: Either a friend of the railroad’s owners or a county surveyor

3) Prescott, Alabama

Where: St. Clair County

Population: Has not participated in the U.S. Census

Incorporated: No

History: Established by a railroad

4) Prescott, Indiana

Where: Shelby County

Population: Has not participated in the U.S. Census

Incorporated: No, but laid out in 1860

History: Railroad town; post office shut down in 1905

5) Prescott, Iowa

Where: Adams County

Population: 249

Size: 0.40 square miles

6) Prescott, Kansas

Where: Linn County

Population: 264

Incorporated: No, but laid out in 1870

Size: 0.28 square miles

History: Railroad town

Named for: C.H. Prescott, a railroad official

7) Prescott, Massachusetts

Where: Formerly Hampshire County

Incorporated: 1822; Dissolved, 1938

History: Was home to an observatory from 1969-2011

Named for: Col. William Prescott, commander, American forces at Bunker Hill

8) Prescott, Michigan

Where: Ogemaw County

Population: 266

Size: 1.11 square miles

9) Prescott, Missouri

Where: Texas County

Incorporated: No, but a post office was established in 1898

History: Post office closed in 1953.

Named for: Valentine Prescott, the first postmaster

10) Prescott, Oregon

Where: Columbia County

Population: 55

Incorporated: 1947

Size: 0.06 square miles

History: Nearby Trojan Nuclear Power Plant was imploded in 2006

Named for: the owner of a sawmill, in 1905

11) Prescott, Pennsylvania

Where: Lebanon County

Population: Has not participated in the U.S. Census

12) Prescott, Washington

Where: Walla Walla County

Population: 318

Incorporated: 1903

Size: 0.40 square miles

History: Post office opened in 1881

Named for: C.H. Prescott, a railroad official

13) Prescott, Wisconsin

Where: Pierce County

Population: 4,258

Incorporated: 1851

Size: 2.96 square miles

History: Location on St. Croix River made it key to shipping by barge and rail

Named for: Philander Prescott, who settled the town

If there are a couple of lessons to be taken from this list, they are:

• Railroads acted as a sort of Johnny Prescottseed, planting Prescotts here and there;

• When the rail traffic dried up, apparently so did many of the towns built around it;

• If you want to have a town named for you, your best bet is to be associated with a railroad. Or settle the town and name it after yourself.