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Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Address: 1 Prison Hill Rd, Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone Number: +1 928-783-4771
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Yuma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, State Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Museums
Owner description: Only remnants remain of this historic prison built in 1876, where you can see photographs of some...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, State Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Only remnants remain of this historic prison built in 1876, where you can see photographs of some of the prisoners who served time here over its 33 years of operation and get a feel for frontier justice.

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Yuba City, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Though many of the original structures are gone, this gives you an idea what prisons looked like in the late 1800s. And this prison was way ahead of most of them. Within the prison grounds is a gift shop, museum and cemetery. You can meander on your own or take a guided tour, the cost is the same. I would... More 

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Sun City, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

A nice place to go, but it is disappointing that so little of the prison is left. The museum is nice and has some good stuff in it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is a really interesting piece of history and is preserved nicely. Lots of human interest stories, preserved buildings and cells. Great view of the area as well.

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Tonapah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This is really good...a must stop at for sure. Yuma has a lot of interesting things to do and see and history! This is really good and for the young and old alike

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I've always had a strong interest in prisons and the history of the criminal justice system. This museum does a fine job of showing the visitor what it was like to be a prisoner there and gives an excellent run down of how the prison got to the state it is today. It also portrays many of the prisoners who... More 

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is a must stop for historical purposes. There is uneven walking and probably not a place to go during the summer months. We told another couple about this place and they enjoyed it also.

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Lake Montezuma, Arizona
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32 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

My husband is a western history buff, so this was on his Bucket List of things to see. He was not disappointed, and I enjoyed the excursion also. It is easy to drive to find it. Much of the original prison has been demolished to make way for roads and bridges, but since the prison was closed over 100 years... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The tour of the prison was very interesting, but if you don't have the time, the museum has a film that gives the same information. I learned a lot about how Yuma developed.

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Visited there with my wife and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We were fortunate to arrive just as a guide, who I believe was called Joy, was beginning a guided tour. She was excellent and gave a good insight into the history of the prison. Well worth the trip.

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Phoenix
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had been hoping to see ruins of the original prison but instead we got what looked like a cleaned up, restored version of the old prison :( They have a nice little museum and allow you to see what the cells were like. It would be nice if they had their employees dress up in costumes to add to... More 

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