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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 38 things to do in Yuma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Green Valley, Arizona
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“Good stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Worth the time to go through this. A good historical lesson especially for young people who might not be aware of how prisoners were held in that time period.
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Visited February 2013
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Gilberdyke
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Walking around an outside attraction in Yuma, even in March, can be a challenge when the temperature gets up there, so I honestly can’t imagine what being incarcerated in the Yuma Territorial Prison must have been like, and that’s without throwing in the hard labour and poor food.

So it’s to the credit of this museum that it probably comes close to giving the guests a sense of what gaol life was all about. A good option for getting the most out of your visit is to view the short movie, near the entrance. This sets the background. Then view the exhibits, which are photographs, documents, letters, etc, then you’re ready to go outside and wander through the remains of the actual cells.

For me, one hour was sufficient to do a full tour without skipping anything. A good visit for a reasonable fee.

Visited March 2013
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“Yes worth the tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Worth a trip. Very interesting and historic. You can just imagine how awful it was for these prisoners when you see the terrible cages and holes which they lived in. Gave a new image for solitary confinement to say the least.... Would not bring smaller children as I spent lots of time reading and pondering...

Visited February 2013
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Centralia Wa
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“History comes alive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a beautiful park and a very educational tour. I highly recommend it. The park is a nice place to look over the Yuma Valley by the Colorado River and the tour through the prison is very educational. A visit inside one of the cells reminds you not to break the law for sure.
The gift shop has some great items also. This is a great place to take friends and family when they visit Yuma

Visited March 2013
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“Glad I was never in the REAL prison!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Very interesting information and history about the Territorial Prison. You need to visit it to get more background and history of Yuma. You could walk or bike from the prison to the West Wetlands Park along the irrigation canal. You can also view the Ocean to Ocean Bridge from the prison. Close to historic downtown Yuma.

Visited December 2012
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