Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Yuma Territorial Prison 'Guard Tower'
 One popular tourist attraction for thousands of RV snowbirds each winter is the Yuma Territorial Prison (Arizona) State Historic Park.

This fascinating RV Short Stop is only a short distance from I-8.

Historical image of Yuma Territorial Prision
"Sitting on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River, three miles west of the confluence of the Colorado and the historic Gila River, stand the ruins of Arizona’s famous Territorial Prison, and a short distance west are the remaining buildings that served as a part of the Yuma Quartermaster's Depot," writes Charles R. Eatherly about the Park's history on the prison's web site.

Prison cell block.
A few of the original buildings have been preserved.

At Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park visitors are able to walk through "the actual strap iron cells and solitary chamber of Arizona Territory’s first prison, and see the areas where prisoners spent their lives in the desert."

The Territorial Prison Historic Park opened to the public on January 1, 1961. There are many fascinating and informative artifacts and displays in the air conditioned museum. Take the guided tour and learn the complete history.

If you go:
Prison sign.

Yuma Territorial Prison
220 N. Prison Hill Road
Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 783-4771

Winter Schedule: Oct. 1 to May 31, 2017
Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Schedule: June 1 - Sept. 30, 2017
Open Thursday through Monday
(Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Also closed September 5-20, 2017 for major maintenance and repairs
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Admission: $6 adults
$3 children age 7 to 13
free for children 6 and under

Free Parking: Plenty of RV and tow vehicle parking in South Parking Lot

-- Julianne G. Crane 
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Photos Source: Yuma Territorial Prison (Arizona) State Historic Park 

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