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Fort Whipple

State Highway 89, Prescott, AZ
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Ranked #20 of 28 Attractions in Prescott
Type: Historic Sites
Description: The headquarters for the Military Department of Arizona in 1870.
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Tucson Arizona
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171 reviews 171 reviews
37 attraction reviews
1,196 helpful votes 1,196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

When we were in Prescott last year, we visited all the Museums but this one. Fort Whipple Museum, run by very nice and knowledgeable volunteers, is open only Thursday to Saturday (3 days a week), and last year, we missed out. The Museum is small, but reeks of history. Fort Whipple served as a tactical base for the U.S. Cavalry... More

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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223 reviews 223 reviews
123 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

You probably need an interest in the subject to find and visit this small house museum. I found it to be a fun story told extremely well by the great docent. He brought the history to life and then we wandered through the building. We also drove through the old housing area and by the VA hospital first to ask... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

As I had a sight-seeing tour around Prescott the feeling that I should find something more about the history of this place out. Then there came the suggestion to go to Fort Whipple. I thought it to be just a small exhibition or something like that but actually it was a nice museum offering lots of information related to the... More

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Prescott, Arizona, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Helped some of my ham radio friends with a Heliography demo here as this was the starting point for a large signal mirror route around the Southwest many years ago. Lot of history in the old fort but not to easy to travel around as it is a working hospital now.

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Paulden, Arizona, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Fort Whipple captured our attention on our first visit back in 2007. We've been back numerous times bringing visitors along with us. A great look back at fort life during the frontier days.

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Surprise, Arizona
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

I had scarcely heard of this place before I visited it, just having the impression that some kind of historical information could be found in the VA center. Lo and behold, what do I discover but a very good museum, with many exhibits, covering the late 19th, early 20th Centuries in this region; also, numerous historical buildings over 100 years... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Fort Whipple is a terrific place to reflect on the historical 1800s in Prescott, Arizona. I go to the VA hospital at the same location, as I am a Vietnam veteran. Every time I visit the hospital or just take a drive around Fort Whipple I think about the soldiers and families who protected the settlers during the Indian wars.... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

If you ever have the chance and you like history, check out this facility. Was amazed at the history and the staff there know all about it.

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Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
29 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

nice, easy, interesting museum and building. spend as much time or as little as you wish. Drive past the other old officer's houses and envision this military base in its hey day as part of the old west. Army stuff, maps, photos, memoirs, medical instruments (there's a VA hospital @ Ft. Whipple still) and you get to see the interior... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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227 reviews 227 reviews
65 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2009

A converted 1905(?) officers quarters houses two floors of exhibits. First floor tells the story of Fort Whipple thru the late 1890's. Second floor continues the history or the fort and then as a Army hospital and then a VA hospital. Docent was very knowledgeable.

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