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Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

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Address: 1 Prison Hill Rd, Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone Number: +1 928-783-4771
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Only remnants remain of this historic prison built in 1876, where you can...

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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What is there is fascinating; just not a lot there

The prison itself is fascinating. Beautiful arches and stone work. They would have 6 beds in each little tiny cell. The museum is small but interesting. Unfortunately much of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The prison itself is fascinating. Beautiful arches and stone work. They would have 6 beds in each little tiny cell. The museum is small but interesting. Unfortunately much of the prison has been torn down but what remains is very interesting. Prison became a school in the early 1900's and had other uses later. So glad that at least some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Another stop on our tour of Yuma and surrounding areas. Loved this place. I would not have thought it was so close to old downtown. Easy to get to and a nice visit. Docents lead tours of the facility and give you some really great insight on how things had been. If you don't like bats wait out the visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Yuma State Prison Historic Park was the highlight of our visit to Yuma. Guided tour was very informative. Exhibits are very well done and fun!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My in-laws were in town and they really liked this place. Its a very interesting to walk through and read the individual stories of the prisoners especially the crimes that women were incarcerated for. This place also opens during Halloween and different community groups set up in each cell and they pass out candy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Highly recommend visiting here. They have an outside overlook where the Colorado river was, an indoor museum filled with artifacts, information, movies, etc., along with being able to see the actual prison structure. It's quite shocking to see the horrific conditions that inmates endured, with a dark cell with a cage in the middle for 12 men. Absolutely worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very good place to be enlightened about incarceration in years gone by. The prison was later turned into a school for several years. The Yuma sports team is now named the Criminals. A gift shop is on the premises. It is time well spent with a $6.00 admission fee. You will come away feeling blessed that you were never... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place to spend some time educating yourself on how good we have it now. The history of this prison is amazingly spooky. The things that people got serious time for are so widely excepted today.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The site is worth visiting to see how incarcerated were treated during the active period of this institution. The self guided tour can be an interesting primer on how the criminality were viewed. DWM

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It only cost $6 per person, so very reasonable. We joined a guided tour which is always very informative, as apposed to just reading the material and signs on your own. After the tour, we enjoyed going back through and reading more on the history of the prison.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can see the old prison cells, some of them still with the bunk beds. You can explore on your own or join a guided tour. There is also a small museum with artefacts and photos. They play a short movie which gives a good overview. One hour is enough.

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