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Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

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Address: 1 Prison Hill Rd, Yuma, AZ 85364
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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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Prison at the Gateway to the West

Great time going back into history. The park attendants were very helpful and informative. I never new the history of the prison or the importance it had shaping the west. I have... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
BigOhvac
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Benson, Arizona
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Benson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great time going back into history. The park attendants were very helpful and informative. I never new the history of the prison or the importance it had shaping the west. I have seen the movie: 3:10 to Yuma, and this the first time I actually stopped in Yuma to smell the flowers. It was fun and informative reading the information... More 

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Elverum, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a great time at the park. I learned part of US History that was never taught to me when I was younger. The jail has a great ambiance, makes you feel part of history. After the tour I would recommend taking a stroll to the prison's cemetery.

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Troutdale, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very interesting and worthwhile place, rich in history. One can feel the ghosts of the past here. Great care has been taken to restore what was left of this Arizona Territory Federal Prison. There is a nice gift shop and the staff is friendly and eager to answer questions about the history of this institution. Gateway park... More 

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Thank BobtheSlob77
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We very much enjoyed learning about the prison's history and seeing the facility! Love reading about the individual inmates!

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Brandon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The wild Arizona territory needed a prison and Yuma outsmarted other towns in contention. The railroad took a fair amount of the prison grounds and buildings, but plenty remains to appreciate and comprehend what it would have been like to spend time there as an inmate. The staff is very helpful and informative.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We like history so this was fun to see. Lots of pictures and some displays. The old cells are pretty cool and you can go into them.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff and volunteers were great. And the information and real history is worth the price. They really give you a sense of what it may have been like there. We learned a lot. Too bad some of the prison was destroyed. It would have been cool to have some staff or voluteers in costume. The stories about life there... More 

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Evergreen CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the tour - you will gain a lot more insight to the history. Our tour guide was great. It is a god snapshot of some overall history of the area and the time period

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Three Hills, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff was friendly, cheap admission, informative. Couldn't help but think prisons should be a little more like this now days then there may be more deterant to crime.

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rose & thistle
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting and informative. it is well worth taking your time to read the information and see all the artifacts...despite being called the 'HELL HOLE' it seemed to be a very humane prison considering the location ... prison band.. they made just about everthing right there in the prison.. they taught most of the prisoners to read and write too..

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