Bradley G. Courtney is a Michigan farm boy who moved to Arizona in 1981. He lived and taught on the Navajo Indian Reservation for twelve years. Courtney was awarded the “Nozhoni” before leaving the Navajo Indian reservation, a rare award given to teachers who became “nozhoni”: in translation, “beautiful” to the Navajo children. After that he taught for nineteen years in inner city Phoenix. For six years he also worked as a riverboat pilot guiding tours down the Colorado River and the spectacular canyons it formed.
A graduate of the University of the State of New York (BS in religion), California State University (master’s in history), and LaSalle University (doctorate in education) Courtney has been extensively published and is a popular lecturer. He has also recorded three albums of original music, selling over 5000 copies in a short amount of time. His music has been played on several radio and TV stations across the country. He has also appeared on CNN and The Travel Channel. Courtney plans on writing and recording an album of original songs about Whiskey Row.
Courtney is a past sheriff of the Prescott Corral of Westerners International, and serves on the editorial board of Territorial Times, a popular publication focusing on the history of Arizona from 1863 to 1912.
When not doing historical research, Courtney enjoys running, biking, hiking, exploring the many wonders of Arizona, and sharing life with his wife, Holly, in their cabin in the Prescott National Forest.
Courtney believes Prescott’s Original Whiskey Row will bring a new appreciation to Whiskey Row and its unique history. He has begun work on a follow-up book with the working title The Resurrection of Prescott’s Whiskey Row.