Hotel St. Michael


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Unknown Unknown buh7021pc.jpg BU-H-7021 B&W 1404.7021.0003 buh7021pc Print 8x10 Historic Photographs 1910-1911 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives

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View of the hotel on the corner of Montezuma and Gurley Streets.

The colorful history of the Hotel St. Michael began when Prescott was a wild town in the Arizona Territory populated by miners, cowboys, and shady ladies. Originally the Burke Hotel, it was built in 1891 on the corner of Gurley Street at the end of Whiskey Row. The Burke Hotel was advertised as fireproof but burned along with other saloons on Whiskey Row in July of 1900.

In 1901, the property was then purchased by John Duke, who constructed a new hotel of brick which he named the Hotel St. Michael. The hotel had 55,000 square feet, 110 rooms, and a stone basement. The abundance and quality of the wood used inside the hotel was, and still is, a lovely feature. Source: Wander Wisdom: Historic Hotel St. Michael on Whiskey Row in Downtown Prescott, Arizona.

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