The Rapidly Growing Town of Prescott Valley, Arizona
What are two adjacent, thriving communities? A double bonus for residents! While the Town of Prescott Valley does not have the same historical background as Prescott, this newer community boasts of great planning for future growth and a wide array of entertainment, outdoors fun, businesses, and services.
Prescott Valley History
Prescott Valley has a rich antiquity of its own. Archaeological evidence supports the habitation of human beings nearly 3,000 years ago. Glassford Hill, which overlooks the community, has observed many changes since its ancient formation from volcanic activity. Native Americans established settlements around the fifteenth century. Artifacts like sear points and cooking utensils indicate their existence in the area.
In 1864, gold was discovered in the Bradshaw Mountains near what is now Prescott Valley. The area began to draw attention as a place where people might “strike it rich.”
The Fain Family
In the early 1900s, the Fain family claimed there homestead the region. Cattle and antelope made up the community for many years, but a new town began to grow. Prescott Valley was founded recently (by the standards of most large communities), in 1966.
Still Room to Grow
By the early 1970s, “Lonesome Valley,” as the area had been called, grew to about 600 residents. By 1978 the population was 1,520, Prescott Valley was officially incorporated. Now, with more than 45,000 residents, there is still plenty of room to grow. Yet the community retains a friendly, small-town ambience, creating one of the nation’s most desired neighborhoods in which to live, work, and have fun.