By Goodie Berquist
A group of civic-minded men at the Yavapai Club agreed to contribute their time and talents to the proceedings. They decided to stage their version of the Hopi snake dance using Indian costumes and live bull snakes. Their performance was the hit of the day and thus began the history of the Smoki People.
Here's the story of the bomber:
The airplane Prescott purchased was a B-24 Liberator emblazoned with "Smoki People, Prescott, AZ" on its side. It was based in New Guinea.
Below: "This B-24 Liberator is the type of bomber that Prescottonians paid for in July 1944 with 'E' bonds, then sent it into battle in the South Pacific to honor the Smoki People of Prescott. The total cost of the bomber was $250,000 ($3 million in today's dollars!)."