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“Lessons could be learned”

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 52 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.
Reviewed September 11, 2013

The Park is extremely well done and the history of the prison is presented in a very interesting introductory video, photographs and artifacts. The harshness of the prison is contrasted with the rehabilitative efforts that put to shame our current approaches.

1  Thank Stormrider45
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

A good way to spend an afternoon in Yuma. This is particularly true since there really isn't a whole heck of a lot to do there.

Thank Davidb1057
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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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Thank 819nancya
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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.

3  Thank Jeff P
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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...

1  Thank floggymog
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