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Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Yuma

Categories: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
Walk into cells through iron-grate doors, see photographs and exhibits of notable prisoners, and take in views of the nearby river from the guard tower of Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. Now a museum, the territory's first prison was built in 1876 by individuals who became its first inmates. Watch a video presentation to learn about the types of prisoners held here, such as a Mexican revolutionary, a female bandit, and a polygamist. You can walk around the park outside and picnic designated areas. Plan to visit Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Yuma attractions using our Yuma itinerary builder.
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  • I`ve wanted to visit this site for years, and I wasn`t disappointed. A great place to spend a couple of hours, and get a feeling for the old west. Nice displays with actual pieces from the people who ...  read more »
  • Very interesting to see how criminals were treated back in the early days. Slightly disappointed they did not offer a senior or military discount. 
  • The place is a tribute to torture. I couldn't help but think of the living hell that it must have been living here. Summer in hell. This is living proof that the devil is the god of this earth and thi...  read more »
  • Very friendly staff and tour guides. The history of the place alone is amazing. The criminals actually help build and maintain the prison. The museum is wonderful, check out the cells and the dark room (solitary confinement cell) some of the lady prisoners they had there were nuts! One of the male prisoners, a vicious murderer, made pretty lace in his free time. Lol
  • Very friendly staff, the guide was amazing- he was reenacting several things and was aware of the heat and tried to keep us in the shade. Very informative, there is much to look at and explore. If you love history, you'll enjoy visiting this place.
  • Very interesting things to learn. Its fun and spooky but fun!
  • Fun history. Don't go in the summer - it's hot. Awesome river views.
  • I know you keep driving by this on the way to California, but take the time to stop and explore it. How the prisoners survived the hot Arizona sun in beyond me. Be sure to check out the 'dark room'.
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