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30th Anniversary and World Arts Fest Table of Contents
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

From prehistory to current history, my, how we've grown
Prescott Valley's history as an incorporated town goes back only to 1978, but the history of its inhabitants goes back eons to when mammoths and prehistoric camels and horses roamed the area.

Longtime area historian Jean Cross said someone walking along the Agua Fria wash near the end of what is now Long Mesa Drive spotted some unusual bones in 1984.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Library: From humble beginnings to state-of-the-art
Longtime library patrons in Prescott Valley might remember the first "library" established in a corner of the Renken Realty offices at the corner of Robert Road and Highway 69 where the Circle K now stands.

The corner measured about 4 ft. x 8 ft. and about 50 residents signed up to use the library.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Growing downtown area is vibrant gathering place
Few communities have the opportunity, or the available land, to plan and build an entire downtown from scratch. But Prescott Valley has done just that, and the area is growing day-by-day.

The Fain family, owners of section 14, the 500-acre parcel of land in the center of town, along with community leaders and residents, realized many years ago that Prescott Valley was lacking a central, focal heart that would give it a more recognizable identity.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nine mayors have served PV, but 2 still are active
Nine people have served Prescott Valley as mayor in 10 stints: current mayor Harvey Skoog has served two separate terms, from 1993-98 and from 2004-present. He and Carmelite "Carm" Staker (1983-85) continue to be the most active in the community.

Harvey Skoog said serving with a break in-between for health reasons (he's had heart surgery) put him in "a unique position," but one he appreciates.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Humboldt School District: 102 and still growing strong
The Humboldt Unified School District, now in its 102nd year, serves Prescott Valley and Dewey-Humboldt children.

Established in 1906, the Humboldt School District #22 had an enrollment of 43 students and one school. Within two years, the student population had doubled and they moved to a new building that also served as the community's polling place.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Historic bell still rings for Humboldt Elementary students
Humboldt Elementary School students still listen for the morning bell that tells them to get to their classrooms, and for the afternoon bell that dismisses them for the day.

The bell sits at the top of the HES administrative/library building, as it has since 1967. But its history with the Humboldt Unified School District began 41 years earlier in 1926.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


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