The Prescott Valley Historical Society is hosting Prescott author and historian Bradley G. Courtney as featured speaker for February. He will speak about the early history of Prescott's famed Whiskey Row. The presentation is at 1:30 p.m. today in the third floor Community Room in the Prescott Valley Civic Center.
He recently published the book, "Prescott's Original Whiskey Row," which covers saloons and events from 1864 to the fire that destroyed the street in 1900. He is working on a follow-up book titled "The Resurrection of Prescott's Whiskey Row."
Courtney moved to Arizona in 1981 and has a bachelor's degree in religion, a master's in history and a doctorate in education. He taught on the Navajo Indian Reservation for a dozen years and in inner city Phoenix for 19 years. For six years, he was a riverboat tour guide on the Colorado River.
Courtney also has recorded three albums of original music and has appeared on CNN and The Travel Channel. He plans on writing and recording an album of original songs about Whiskey Row.
He is past sheriff of the Prescott Corral of Westerners International, and serves on the editorial board of Territorial Times, a popular publication focusing on the history of Arizona from 1863 to 1912.