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Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Giss Parkway, 1 Prison Hill Road, Yuma, AZ 85364
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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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Learn a lot about Yuma's early history and how one of its local high schools got its name! A few hours of fun for the whole family...

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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 the visit; we are glad you made the time to come in! Go CRIMS!!!! More

Panama city,fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We really enjoyed going through this museum, as the guide unfolded the events that went on in a prison back in Butch Cassidy and Billy the kids days. There was lots of old photos, furniture, even a little room that showed a dentist chair and the tools that he would use. When we first went in, we were given a... More

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

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Park; hope to see you back soon! Thank you for your visit; we appreciate it! More

North Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Worth checking out for a few hours. Different, unusual, and very interesting. Gives you a feel for what life was like there. Very cool to see the architecture. Has a museum which goes into detail about the prison. Sometime you think why should you visit a prison, but you will not be disappointed. Very interesting to view the past.

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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 the visit this summer! Yes, you are correct, there is some amazing architecture! Brilliant work by our forefathers...the remaining structures are still functional and preserved over 100 years later! Hope to see you back soon and thank you again for the visit! More

San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Old prison cells, a great view of the river from the top. It gets hot here, so plan a visit in the winter or spring. Take a photo of yourself with a striped prison shirt.. Lots of good museum quality artifacts. Minimal entrance fee supports the park. Recommend if you are near Yuma.

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

Thanks for swinging in to visit us! We do hope you will come back soon...and yes, it is a little more enjoyable in the winter and early Spring! However, when you are here in the dead of summer, the heat really lends itself well in giving you a true feel for what ti must have been like more than 100... More

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Residents of Yuma did a great job of preserving this prison and keep it open to the public. What I found interesting is the fact that back in days, amenities the prisoners had were better than for regular citizens of Arizona. After all "Wild West" was not so wild.

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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 coming down to Yuma and visiting our park! Yes, it is quite interesting to find the "amenities" that prisoners had available to them ....what a critical time in history and the development of the the west! More

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