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“Well worth the hour or two”

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Yuma
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Vancouver, Canada
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500 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Well worth the hour or two”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

It is quite well done . Good video gives you the history in a quick but thorough manner . The museum does not overwhelm but has some interesting artifacts and stories of the people involved . They were an interesting bunch . I really liked the story of Mrs. Ingalls , the superintendent's wife who quelled a riot with the Gatling gun . The preserved cells are chilling and explain what at first seem the imposition of somewhat short sentences .

Visited February 2013
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Worth Checking Out”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I found the place interesting; the docent was very knowledgeable and answered everyone’s questions. After taking the tour with the docent, there was plenty of time to explore on your own and look at the different things. There wasn’t a crowd, so most of the pictures I took don’t have other tourist in them, looks as if I had the place all to myself.

Visited February 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A view of the infamous past.”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stepping into the past and learning about it. I like to read about how things were and also being able to see it adds to the experience. We've all seen the Yuma territorial prison in the old cowboy movies, but to actually be there is different. Really makes it come alive. It was a different landscape then too. It was the confluence of the Colorado and the Gila rivers. Daming the rivers to "tame" them has changed this point. Expect to spend at least 4 hours. Lots of history to read about and a short movie to watch. Plenty of material on the mis treatment of the Mormons too.

Visited February 2013
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Prescott, Arizona
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220 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“History of the Territory Lives”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

You really shouldn't miss this if you are in Yuma. Please call first to see if a docent will be available - they don't list times 'cause the docents are volunteers and I guess they're not sure who will be availabe. Usually the docent tours are at 10am, noon and 20m. Our "guide" Dave, was super! He really gave insight and perspective to the territory and the prison.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Victoria M
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Elkhart, IN
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Living in the past”
Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

I can only imagine the strengths required to live in the west during the time of building this prison.

Tools and supplies coming by river. The prisoners building there own prison. The history is surprising and well documented. The displays add so much to your journey back in time. Walking in the cells and being able to touch the flat iron bars sit on a steel bed. Going into the punishment cell this all brings a true understanding of the life and times. But.....that's not all. You learn about the library and programs for the inmates

The rest of the prison's history is just as interesting.

Come you need to experience for your self.

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