Hotel St. Michael
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Corner view of the hotel on Gurley Street, with Sam's Clothes Shop on the left of the hotel. Other businesses along Whiskey Row at time of photograph included a Barber Shop and Bar, Coney Island, Tobacco Shop, Emil's Bungalow Buffet, and the Palace Saloon.
The colorful history of the Hotel St. Michael began in 1891, when Prescott was a wild town in the Arizona Territory populated by miners, cowboys, and shady ladies. The Burke was a fine hotel built on the corner of Gurley Street at the end of Whiskey Row. It was advertised as fireproof but burned along with other saloons on Whiskey Row in July of 1900. The property was then purchased by John Duke who constructed a new hotel in 1901, which was made of brick and called Hotel St. Michael. The hotel was 55,000 square feet, and had 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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