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Local author uncloaks myths of Whiskey Row

Interior of the Cabinet Saloon, one of many notorious establishments along Prescott’s famous “Whiskey Row.” The myths and legends surrounding the origins of “the Row” will be discussed during a lecture and booksigning by Brad Courtney at Sharlot Hall Museum on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 2 p.m.
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Interior of the Cabinet Saloon, one of many notorious establishments along Prescott’s famous “Whiskey Row.” The myths and legends surrounding the origins of “the Row” will be discussed during a lecture and booksigning by Brad Courtney at Sharlot Hall Museum on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 2 p.m.

Hearsay, legends and myths of Prescott’s “Whiskey Row” will be debunked and uncloaked as Brad Courtney, local historian and author, presents his “Origins of Whiskey Row” talk at Sharlot Hall Museum on Saturday, Oct. 22.

For the past several years, Courtney has been researching early mysteries and archival records, tracing the beginnings of “the Row” that go back as far as 1864.

His book “Prescott’s Original Whiskey Row” tells the history of the iconic, block-long landmark. The presentation will reveal some of his discoveries and focus on such saloons as the Diana, Quartz Rock, Cabinet and the Palace, which stands proudly today as the Row’s centerpiece.

Admission to the lecture and book signing is free, and will begin promptly at 2 p.m. in the West Gallery of the Lawler Exhibit Center on the Museum grounds.

Courtney’s interest in Whiskey Row and its history began as a curiosity. After moving to Prescott after a career teaching on the Navajo Indian Reservation, he wanted to learn more about its storied past, with which he was enamored.

Lo and behold and to his surprise, he found very little published and devoted solely to the rich history about Whiskey Row. He set out to write the book he wanted to read, and has begun work on a follow-up book with the working title, “The Resurrection of Prescott’s Whiskey Row.”

Sharlot Hall Museum is located at 415 W. Gurley St., two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott. For more information, contact the museum at 928-445-3122, ext. 10.

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