Yuma Local Customs

  • DARK  CELL
    DARK CELL
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  • THE  DARK  CELL - ENTRANCE
    THE DARK CELL - ENTRANCE
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  • OIL  LAMP  IN  A  CELL
    OIL LAMP IN A CELL
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    Prisoners

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 14, 2003

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    PRISONER # 1396  A.A. SPENCER  INFO

    There are interested stories of prisoners shown in some cells as you can see on my picture.
    A.A. Steward sentenced to 15 years for assault with intent to commit murder. Escaped from a prison (succesfully) on 30 Nov 1900 - he digged a whole in a cell.

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    Oil lamps?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 14, 2003

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    OIL  LAMP  IN  A  CELL

    I noticed oil lamps in cells of the prison. Hmm... wasn't it dangerous?
    One of the early electrical generating plants in the West was utilized here to furnish power for lights and run a ventilation system in the cell blocks. So, did prisoners really use oil lamps there?

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    Humanely administered prison?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 14, 2003

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    DARK  CELL

    Despite an infamous reputation, the historical written record indicates that the prison was humanely administered and was a model institution for its time. Prisoners had free time during which they hand-crafted many items to be sold at public bazaars held at the prison on Sundays after church services. Prisoners also had regular medical attention and access to a good hospital.

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    Dark cell

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 14, 2003

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    THE  DARK  CELL - ENTRANCE

    The only punishments in Yuma Territoral Prison were the "dark cell" (no windows) for inmates who broke prison regulations, and the "ball and chain" for those who tried to escape. Hmm... are the dark cells still allowed nowadays in the USA?

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    When it's hot, Hit the water

    by Erika74 Written Jul 11, 2005

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    Yuma averages over 100 degrees in the summer, to cool off many Yumans hit the water. This picture is out at Martinez Lake, north of Yuma.

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    Made of stones

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 15, 2003

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    WALLS  MADE  OF  STONES

    Nowadays most walls in historic Yuma Teritorial Prison are made of stones. Much better than any other material if you notice unbelievable heat in summer there. Am I wrong?

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    How did it look like?

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 14, 2003

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    MODEL  OF  YUMA  TERRITORIAL  PRISON

    They built the model of the Yuma Territorial Prison and they show it in a museum. Hmm... quite interested display. Don't you think so?

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    Sand dunes in the desert

    by spartan Updated Dec 12, 2002

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    This is a picture of the sand dunes in the desert region of California (along I-8 near the Arizona and Mexican border). So you see, the ocean and the coast aren't the only areas that have sand dunes.

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