NAME: Palace Station
COUNTY: Yavapai
CLIMATE: Mild winter, warm summer
COMMENTS: On the Senator Highway south of Crook Canyon.
REMAINS: Buildings are occupied by the forest service.

Palace Station was a stage station originally built in 1874 and rebuilt in 1878. It was the midway point from The top of the Bradshaw Mountains to Prescott. Forest service personnel now occupy the site. - GT


Palace Station is 17 mile South of Senator Highway earlier Mount Vernon Street) in Prescott. 2 WD can made the trip by careful driving in dry weather, but 4 WD is best. Palace Station is one of many gold - digging - cities who lies in the Bradshaw Mountains south of Prescott. The city lies comfortable beside Senator Highway on the dirt road to Crown King. Many places are destroyed, including Senator, Maxton, Venezia, Bueno and Goodwin. Aniway, one interest building is still standing. Alfred B. Spence, his wife Matilda and her daughter R.J. Lambuth, come to Arizona Territory in 1873. They settled down beside Groom Creek were Spence opened sawmill. Two year later they moved to Crooks Canyon, named after Gen. George Crook (who was fighting in many Indian battle) were they build house, witch to day is the oldest house in the state from the pioneer days. Spence chose the place because that were halfway between Prescott and in that time flourished Peck mine (witch were 7 mile north of Crown King). In 1877 stopped the stage (Prescott & Phoenix Stage Stage line) by the house, known as Palace Station, on the road to Peck mine, where the passengers became meal from Mrs. Spence and the horses water. Even that stage passengers not stayed here overnight, many other travelers did that. The station had e bar and served as a social meeting center for the miners who worked in the area. Alfred Spence died in 1908 and lies buried in a cemetery not so far from there. Arriving of the cars and phones brought dead to Stage lines and Mrs. Spence sold the old station in 1910. Palace Station is now in use by Forest Service and even that place is closed for the public, that place can be seen from outside. Because a lot of old buildings in the State are damaged or removed to another museum areas, gives Palace Station one authentic view in the past. Bobby Zlatevski

Palace Station

Palace Station

Palace Station
Courtesy Bobby Zlatevski

Palace Station
Courtesy Anthony Beere