Prescott was a native of Phelps, Ontario County, New York but headed west in the spring of 1819. He traveled to Detroit, Michigan, before continuing west to Fort Snelling. Along the way he worked as a miner, a trapper, and farmer and even on a steamboat on the Mississippi River. Prescott also ran trading posts in several locations.
From 1839 to 1862, he operated a trading post on the banks of the St. Croix River. The government offered him $1,000 to build a house and store along with the rights to 1/8 of all the surrounding land and buildings. He went to work and started our town of Prescott, Wisconsin.
For the man who gave us our town, we figured it was only fitting to name our place after him.