In Memory of Mike, at Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza

Mike memorial at the Courthouse Plaza in Prescott. Photo Credit Violet Killen

PRESCOTT — The Courthouse Plaza, downtown Prescott’s centerpiece, is a square block that encompasses an old courthouse, a large gazebo, statues of heroes, and a small bronze plaque that honors the memory of a stray dog. is name was Mike but most people knew him as “the community mutt.”

A Gun-Totin’ Madonna in Springerville

"Madonna" sculpture in Springerville. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

SPRINGERVILLE — Along this community’s main thoroughfare, there stands a statue of a stony-faced woman carrying a baby in her left arm. A bonnet shades her eyes, and an older child clings to her long dress. She’s known as the “Madonna.” It’s a strange designation since…

Sedona’s Damfino Canyon Named After Mix-up

Damfino Canyon in Sedona. Photo Credit:

SEDONA — Many of the red rock formations that surround Sedona have earned their names by resembling such common items as a teapot, steamboat, merry-go-round and lizard head. But there’s nothing in official city history that explains Damfino Canyon. According to local legend, however, it happened this way…

The Red Garter: A Brothel Reborn in Williams

Red Garter B&B Inn

WILLIAMS — From its earliest days until now, the Red Garter has been a labor of love. The early occupants sold love, and the early patrons bought love. Now John Holst takes care of it with loving hands. The structure that houses the Red Garter Bed and Bakery…

Time Takes a Rest at Skull Valley General Store

skull valley gen store

SKULL VALLEY — The Skull Valley General Store performs its “Symphony of the Floor Boards” almost every day. Years ago, all general stores had such melodies because they all had hardwood floors which squeaked under the footsteps of those who trod therein. It was (and is) a discordant kind of music. The beat and length of each selection depended on how far the squeakiest walked across the floor.