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The Dark History of the Yuma Territorial Prison

One of the most most interesting highlights in South Western Arizona is the historical Yuma Territorial Prison. From 1876 to 1909, this unique… lodging, housed 3,069 prisoners whose crimes ranged from manslaughter to… seduction.

The Yuma Territorial Prison is also the basis of many phenomenal movies, such as 3:10 to Yuma, one of husband’s favorite movies (he insisted this line be put in here).

Guard tower at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
The old guard tower.

Guard tower at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/

View from the guard tower at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
View from the guard tower.

Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
His wife must have driven him insane…

Menu at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Prisoner menu… BEEF. It’s what’s for dinner. And breakfast. And supper.

Gun at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/

Gun at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Even though this was around, there were 140 escape attempts. 26 succeeded but 8 of them ended up dying from gun shot wounds.

Inmate lace at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
This beautiful lace was knitted by…

C.E. Hobart, inmate at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
.C.E. Hobart, prison lifer for murder. He was put into solitary confinement numerous times & tried to escape twice. But in his free time he liked to knit lace.

Elena Estrada, female inmate of the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Hell hath no fury like Elena Estrada scorned.

Women inmates of the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Women prisoner hall of fame… One woman, Maria Moreno, was 16 when she took a shotgun & blew off the side of her older brothers head. They had been arguing about her conduct at a public dance hall. Slight overreaction? Possibly…

Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/

Wagon at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Cell interiors of the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Interior of cells at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Inmate statistics of the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Dark cell of the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
Beds in the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/
This seems a bit more comfortable than the earlier cell blocks!

Graves of the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/yuma-territorial-prison/

Yuma Territorial Prison Overview

  • Address: 1 Prison Hill Rd, Yuma, AZ 85364
  • Website: yumaprison.org
  • Fees: Adults $6; Age 7-13 $3; Age 6 & Under FREE
  • Hours: Daily 9am – 5pm (Closed Tues days & Wednesdays June-Sept)
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Camera info: Canon 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
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