Prescott Walk #2
Terri Webster Schrandt invited us to write about City Sidewalks this week for Sunday Stills. Ironically we moved 500 miles east of Woodlake only to find ourselves in the heart of the old West. I should have painted out all the cars and stop lights, and you would have thought you were back in the wild, wild west. 🙂
Famous for Courthouse Square and Whiskey Row, the sidewalks in Prescott offer tourists and residents a wealth of shopping, eating, people watching, and photography.
It’s also one of the healthier, safer places to be. This year COVID didn’t hit Prescott hard until recently in spite of the fact they held the World’s Oldest Rodeo on July 4th.
As of Dec. 6th, Yavapai County has reported 6,621 cases of COVID, up from 861 cases on July 3rd. Of those 130 have died, 120 of them since July 3rd. In spite of the spikes it is much more pleasant not to be in a lock-down state. Even my husband willingly wears his mask to go out.
President Trump also made a pit stop in Prescott on his campaign trail with his October 19th Rally. Attended by approximately 10,000 people, most of them did not wear masks in the pictures. Since the day before his visit, the number of cases has risen nearly three times, but deaths are a very small percentage of those cases.
Nevertheless, today on Prescott city sidewalks you see more and more people wearing masks. It is optional, but most people wear them in stores.
In the restaurant we tried today, the Lone Spur Cafe, customers wore masks to enter then took their masks off when they got to their booths. Waitresses and hostesses all wore masks. At the hole in the wall restaurant we went to yesterday, none of the workers wore masks. That is not the norm here.
I did not enhance the colors of this picture. The sky is really that blue.
The sidewalks were not packed. Most people had their masks in hand ready to wear when they went inside.
The courthouse was not crowded at all. The city canceled the parade on Saturday afternoon and the lighting ceremony on Saturday night due to COVID. That didn’t stop a few decorated cars from forming their own parade down Whiskey Row honking and waving at people. The big difference was that only a few people watched. We were outside of a store when one of the shop keepers started waving, or we might not have noticed the cars.
We came from a small town to move to this metropolis. We are not sure we arrived in a real metropolis, though. Three fire fighters came into the restaurant while we were there. As far as we could see, it was not a business call. When we came out, we saw where they parked. I felt right at home in a small town atmosphere. The peak that you see in the background is Thumb Butte.
On Saturday, we came downtown, it’s only about five miles from our house, to take pictures of Courthouse Square. We thought this was one of the weirder statues we had ever seen. The horse is standing on the man. I’m not sure of the significance, but maybe someone from Prescott will tell me before too long, or I’ll find it online. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed our little walk down the city sidewalks of Prescott. For more sidewalk pictures, visit Terri’s Sunday Stills post this week. This also works for Alive and Trekking’s Which Way Photo Challenge.
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