The Hassayampa Inn anchors the historic district of Prescott, Arizona, just steps from the legendary Yavapai County Courthouse. Countless vintage postcards show the Inn on one side and the legendary Elks Theater on the other, looking west on Gurley Street toward Thumb Butte.
Founded after a gold rush and newly built railroad brought fortune and commerce to Prescott, the Inn belongs to the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America, which recognizes lodging that has maintained its architectural integrity and ambiance for at least half a century.
Known as the Hassayampa Hotel when it was built in 1927, the Inn was the result of a community effort to erect first-class lodging downtown. Hundreds of citizens bought shares in the project at $1 apiece. Traditional red brick was chosen for the design, rather than Pueblo Revival, to appeal to the town’s Midwestern roots.
Apache for “the river that loses itself,” the Hassayampa River north of Prescott mysteriously sinks beneath the surface along its 100-mile journey. Likewise, the hotel was conceived as a retreat, where travelers would emerge refreshed and renewed.