Burke Hotel & Maier Hotel


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Erwin Baer Unknown buh7020p.jpg BU-H-7020 B&W 1404.7020.0000 buh7020p Photo Card Print 6x9 Historic Photographs 1891-1895 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives

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View of Gurley Street, looking west toward Thumb Butte. The Burke Hotel is pictured on the southwest corner of Montezuma Street (left side of photo). On the right side farther down Gurley Street is the Maier Hotel and Saloon. It is the three-story building with the sloping roof.

Built in 1891, the Maier Hotel and Saloon became the Rex Arms Hotel, one of the more famous brothels in Prescott.

The Burke Hotel opened in 1891. The hotel immediately became known as the preferred hotel of political and theatrical celebrities. One of the most colorful guests was Thomas Fitch, a noteworthy lawyer who lived in Tombstone at the time of the legendary “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” in 1881. He was the brilliant defense lawyer for the Earp brothers, saving them from the gallows. Source: Days Past: Prescott's famous fireproof Hotel Burke: Part 1.

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