Originally Published: August 21, 2018 2:57 p.m.
Who are – or were – the people behind Prescott Valley’s street names? A look at the town’s early history hints at some, directly relates to others.
Robert Road and Loos Drive, for instance, derive from Robert Loos, president of the board of Prescott Valley, Inc. Maybe Loos was the guy behind Bob Drive, or perhaps it was Bill Fain’s brother-in-law, Bob Pavlich, for whom Bob Drive was named. Pav Way comes from Pavlich, said Richard Parker, director of Development Services for the town, as does Bob Pavlich Field at Bradshaw Mountain High School.
And Fain Road, of course, comes from the Fain family; William and Cary Fain arriving in Arizona in 1874 before Arizona became a state. The family eventually acquired 50,000 acres from the Rafter Eleven Ranch. A generation later, Granville “Dan” Fain, born in Cornville, would lead to Granville Parkway in the Granville subdivision.
Two very short streets, Warren Road and Ned Court, at the northeastern side of town, allude to Ned Warren (born Nathan Waxman), the “godfather of land fraud.” A con man and ex-convict, Warren arrived in Arizona in 1961, and established Prescott Valley, Corp. in 1964. He was married to Barbara (Barbara Road).
Robert Loos and Leonard Hoffman – yes, there is a Hoffman Road and a Len Court – soon began advertising property for sale under Prescott Valley, Inc., directed toward residents in the Midwest and Northeastern states.
An early executive of Prescott Valley, Inc., Norman Romero (Romero Circle, Norman Road) worked with Warren. According to Darlene Packard, president of the Prescott Valley Historical Society, Warren and Romero purchased property at $400 an acre from the Fains and soon were selling third-acre lots for $1,500.
The Historical Society, housed in the Civic Center, is the official “repository” for much of the paperwork and newspapers, Packard said, including a framed page from Time magazine advertising the “panorama of mountains, lakes, forests” of Prescott Valley.
Romero, by the way, was married for a time to Kate King (Katie Circle). Warren’s son-in-law, Gale Nace (Gale Road and Nace Lane) along with Warren, were convicted of extortion in 1975.
Glassford Hill Road, and the hill itself, was named for Col. William Glassford who, in the 1880s, helped set up heliograph stations from high points to monitor the movements of the U.S. military and Apache Indians
Parker said several streets were named after office staff in the early days of incorporation – Nancy Road, for instance. But there was no official process for plat names by Yavapai County prior to incorporation.
While many street names are everyday first names, the Historical Society and town staff have no idea how they originated or even if they were named after specific people. Browsing through a phone book under Prescott Valley street names, “S,” one can find Sharon Drive, Stevens Court and Stevens Drive, and Stewart Road. Under “T” are Tatum Circle, Taylor Drive, Teri Court and Tracy Drive.
It’s a pretty sure bet, though, that the town’s first mayor, Richard Addis, is the individual behind Addis Avenue, located off Viewpoint near Highway 89A.