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Monday, April 1, 2013
Theme Day.....Pedestrians Crossing
It's the first of the month again and that means it's Theme Day. This crosswalk is perfect for the theme as it has a history to it. Back in 1986 the Prescott City Council decided to eliminate this crosswalk, which is in the middle of the block. This crosswalk connects the courthouse with the shops and bars across the street in the area known as Whiskey Row. After public outcry about the removal of the crosswalk, Sam Steiger, a local politician, once an Arizona Senator, decided to take matters into his own hands. One night he took a can of paint and a paint brush and painted the crosswalk back on the street. Steiger was arrested but was acquitted by a jury after deliberating only 25 minutes. He argued that "it wasn't criminal damage, it was historic preservation". The crosswalk was reestablished and is in use today. Sam Steiger was elected Mayor of Prescott in 1999 and served one term. He passed away September 26, 2012 at the age of 83.