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Sun, Feb. 23

Letter: Pronunciation not that important


After a year of debate on how to pronounce the name of Prescott, my hometown, I must say I have conducted more than 350 oral history interviews for Sharlot Hall Museum with Prescott and Yavapai County natives. I cannot remember any native pronouncing it with a definite "kit."

I have, however, interviewed people who pronounced it with "cot" at the end - for example, Dr. Albert Bork, a distinguished professor who was steeped in Prescott history and whose grandfather helped build the Governor's mansion; and Ray Contreras, a third-generation cowboy.

I'm sure the discussion about pronunciation will continue, but it isn't how you say it that makes you a true Prescottonian!

Mona Lange McCroskey

Research Historian


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