Yuma Territorial Prison accepted its first inmate on July 1, 1876. For the next 33 years 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, served sentences here for crimes ranging from murder to polygamy. The prison was under continuous construction with labor provided by the prisoners. In 1909 the last prisoner left the Territorial Prison for the newly constructed Arizona State Prison Complex located in Florence, Arizona.
Here is a nice view from the guard tower. The prison sits along the Colorado River. The bridges on the right side of the picture cross the river to California. The brown bridge is for trains and the one behind it is for vehicle and foot traffic.
This building was built in 1939 on the foundation of the original mess hall.
The sign in the cell says these iron bunk beds were built in 1901 and replaced the wooden bunks in order to rid the cell house of bed bugs. That's 25 years after the prison took in the first inmate! I wonder how many years they suffered with bedbugs!!!
Here is Roy's tourist photo!
Through the far doorway from the previous gravel yard is this larger gravel yard. This was probably an expansion, as the prison grew. The doorways along the white building are cells.
This is the prison as it would have looked in the 1800s. Prior to the Colorado River being controlled through dams, the water would have come up around the rocky mound on which the prison was built.
Isn't this a cute team photo!