Prescott Valley, Arizona, is a thriving town just a few minutes east of historic Prescott. Prescott Valley was the seventh fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona between 1990 and 2000 and has approximately 42,000 people calling it home.
Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, many retirees live in Prescott Valley due to the relatively inexpensive housing and the mild climate. Prescott Valley has a large retail center, an indoor Event Center, and Yavapai Regional Medical Center Hospital. The mild climate, convenient location of 85 miles north of Phoenix, and surrounding lakes, fishing, and hiking trails make Prescott Valley an attractive location for families and retirees.
PRESCOTT VALLEY’S HISTORY
Gold in Prescott Valley: The Walker party discovered gold along Lynx Creek in 1863. The Lynx Creek placers went on to produce a recorded 29,000 troy ounces of gold. Estimates of actual production range up to 80,000 troy ounces, which would be worth about $85 million at today’s prices. In the 1930s, there was a gold dredging operation, the Doodle Bug Diggings, farther east in Lynx Creek Canyon
Name Change: Prescott Valley was formerly known as Lonesome Valley. The area was settled by ranchers in the 1880s, raising beef to supply the miners and new settlers. The Fain family, pioneer ranchers, still ranch in the valley.
Fain Park: Thomas Gibson Barlow-Massicks arrived in the area in the early 1890s and built the historic “castle” that still stands in Fain Park. Massicks had a hydraulic gold mining operation in Lynx Creek Canyon and built the company mining camp of Massicks, Arizona just east of his Victorian home, the Castle. The fireplace with chimney just inside the Castle’s fence is all that remains of the Massicks store.
Incorporation: In the mid-1960s, a real-estate company from Phoenix, purchased land in an area 10 miles east of Prescott known as Lonesome Valley. In 1966, representatives from Prescott Valley Inc. began traveling to the Midwest to sell home lots. By 1978, more than 1,500 residents were living in the unincorporated area now known as Prescott Valley. In 1978, 80% of the voters of Prescott Valley voted for incorporation as a town.
USA REAL ESTATE
The USA Real Estate team is proud to call Prescott Valley their home. They have over 30 years of experience in the Real Estate industry and enjoy any chance they get to tell people about wonderful qualities of Prescott Valley. If you have questions about Prescott Valley Real Estate, give the team a call at 928-775-0400.