Originally Published: October 9, 2014 6:04 a.m.
Two days after moving to Prescott, I learned about "The Palace" ... through an almost-disaster by fire.
Fortunately, the threat was quashed, and Whiskey Row went back to the business of bartending.
Now, The Palace Restaurant and Saloon is in the news again, listed among some fairly impressive company.
USA Today staff named the famed Prescott bar to their "10 Best" feature list. This one features "Bars that serve up history, neat."
The Palace shares the honor with City Tavern, Philadelphia - established in 1773 and the unofficial meeting place of the First Continental Congress of 1774 - and Tiki Ti in Los Angeles. The Tiki dates from the early 1960s and serves old-school Zombies and Mai Tais.
At The Palace, you can get your thirst and hunger quenched - along with a local history lesson. It is touted as the oldest frontier saloon in the state, opening in 1877. The establishment can boast having served two Earps, as well as Doc Holliday.
As today's front-page story mentions, during a fire that destroyed Whiskey Row in 1900, Palace patrons lifted the bar and carried it across the street.
The small-town feel of downtown Prescott is a huge draw for the area. Kudos to the saloon owner, Dave Michelson, for investing in the town's future.
Over the next few weeks, Daily Courier readers will see our writers investigating Prescott for ghost stories, hiking spots, unusual exhibits at the museums and more.
We'll do it through new eyes - we have several staff members who have just made Prescott their home, and we want to discover what it has to offer!
It's quite a coup for a Prescott establishment to be named in a country-wide list. I'm impressed, although I knew this was going to be a special place to live in.
As a history buff, I cannot wait to see what other treasures this area holds.
Watch your Daily Courier and dCourier.com for some unique stories, videos and photos of Prescott.
- Robin Layton, Editor