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).
The old guard tower.
View from the guard tower.
His wife must have driven him insane…
Prisoner menu… BEEF. It’s what’s for dinner. And breakfast. And supper.
Even though this was around, there were 140 escape attempts. 26 succeeded but 8 of them ended up dying from gun shot wounds.
This beautiful lace was knitted by…
.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.
Hell hath no fury like Elena Estrada scorned.
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…
This seems a bit more comfortable than the earlier cell blocks!
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