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Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

1 Prison Hill Rd, Yuma, AZ 85364
+1 928-783-4771
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Ranked #1 of 28 Attractions in Yuma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Speedway, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The prison has changed alot from when I was in high school in Yuma. the prison is one place to take any history buff or western lover. They even have a gathering of the gunfighters competition in January. Beautiful scenery too of the Gila Valley and distant Castle Dome Mountain and the Colorado River

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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

We are so glad that you were able to make your way back down to Yuma and the prison. Hope that you are able to make it back soon! Don;t forget about our Gathering of the Gunfighters event January 10-11, 2015. More

Yuma, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park was grand. I took some if my grandchildren and they loved it! The history they learned was so much more interesting than reading a book, and we could see where the prisoners had to stay, even in the heat of the summer desert. Yuma has an important place in history for Arizona and... More

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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and thank you for bringing in the grand kids! Glad to know that you not only enjoyed..but learned! Hope to see you all back soon! More

Bowling Green, Kentucky
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The prison was a very interesting place. It was not hard to imagine that one would be miserable in that prison. The place was hot and the cells were small. It was hard to believe that folks were put in prison for such things as adultery and promising to marry someone, and not following through with the marriage. The prison... More

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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit! You are correct, different times in society and political views were a little different back then..or are they??? Hope to see you back soon! More

Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Interesting to see that the prisoners at this prison built it which must have been very hard in the desert heat. The prison amenities were very advanced compared to the town so they called it the Country Club on the Colorado River but prisoner life was still very harsh. The history of the types of prisoners held here gives insight... More

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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the "Country Club on the Colorado". We are awfully proud of our communities heritage and sense of tradition....go CRIMS!!! Hope to see you back real soon! More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Spending time at the Yuma Territorial Prison is worthwhile! Especially if you visit when an event is occurring there, which happens often throughout the year. Yuma has an important place in history for Arizona, California, and the Colorado River area. I highly recommend visiting.

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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thank you for the visit to our little gem in the desert. You are absolutely correct, lots of events and activities to enjoy...year-round! Hope to you you back soon! More

Qualicum Beach, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The history is very interesting, staff is very informative and friendly. The lit on site is excellent. Look at all area's carefully as you will miss a lot of very interesting items if you just take a glance.

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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thank you for you for your visit this spring; we appreciate it! Hope you can make it back real soon! More

Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

No matter what time of year, the Territorial Prison is a must do in Yuma. It is too bad that our "modern" correctional facilities can't learn a lesson from the order and discipline that was developed here. Definitely not a country club with A/C, TV, and workout facilities. The best prisoners were the ones sent for persecution of their religious... More

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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Yes, the prison in its time was quite different than the prisons of today! More

Wittmann, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I made my first trip to Yuma with my husband this week. He had been stationed there back in the 70's, but I had never been there and the Yuma Territorial Prison was at the top of my Must See List. It was everything I had hoped to see. I enjoy seeing pieces of history and if you are like... More

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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit this summer; hope to see you back soon! More

Irwin, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Went after work (and a quick to Mexico) only to get there about 6PM. Not a good plan as they close the prison at 5 during the summer. It seems that it would have been really cool to see it under the lights. From what I was able to see it looked pretty cool.

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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

So sorry that you missed us...we actually close up shop at 5:00 pm everyday, year-round. Hope you can make it back soon to enjoy the grounds. Go to our website at yumaprison.org, or our Facebook page for more information. Safe travels! More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A good stop while in Yuma! I learned a lot about the area and its history from this visit. A traveling re-enactment group put on an entertaining show.

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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thanks for coming in and visiting our park! Hope to see you back soon...Yuma has lots to offer! More

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