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Yuma Prison State Park

The Yuma Territorial Prison started when seven inmates were sent to the prison in July 1876. They were housed in cells they built themselves. In the 33 years the prison operated 3069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls of the prison. The park is open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily except it closes at 2PM on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. It is closed on Christmas Day. Entrance is $4 for 14 and up and free for 13 and below. Facilities include a visitor's center, a museum, a gift shop, a video room, picnic area and restrooms. They have a number of special events listed on the website.

Yuma Crossing

The Yuma Crossing State Historic Park (AKA Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park) includes the old Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Its history began in 1875 when a weather and telegraph station was established here. Soon thereafter it was expanded into a logistics base supplying US Army forts all over Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and parts of Texas. Inside the park you will find five of the original buildings still standing. They have also hired several people to reenact life at the depot. They have lots of bits and pieces to see too. The park is well worth a visit.

Other Attractions

Nearby attractions include:
Yuma - Yuma Crossing State Historic Park, Arizona Historical Society Sanguinetti House Museum, Yuma Proving Grounds, Martinez Lake, Marine Corps Air Station, and Cocopah Indian Museum.
California - Fort Yuma, St. Thomas Mission, Quechan Indian Museum, Imperial Sand Dunes.

Also check out Castle Dome under my "Off the Beaten Path" Tips.

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  • Last visit to Yuma: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Mar 4, 2009
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    I think I really would enjoy seeing this town and the prison. Just got back from Leavenworth, and its prisons are renowned. YOu got great pictures and comments

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Thanx for your good page... I remember the movie "The Train to Yuma"....

  • Kaspian's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2008 at 6:37 AM

    Great page!! No saloon in the prison? :(

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:58 PM

    Nice information! You have some great pics on your page so I will be back to see more.

  • barbskie's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Hi! never heard of this place until today ;) no wonder when it's too far away from where i live. I find it very interesting! Thanks.

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