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    Halloween

    by Basaic Updated Nov 15, 2014

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    I was visiting Yuma during Halloween and learned that all the businesses on Main Street; including the Yuma Art Center, had advertised that they were giving candy to the kids during business hours. I think it was very cool that they were providing a safe environment for the kids to trick or treat and the many cute little princesses, super heroes, ballerinas, and other costumed kids provided an extra, unexpected treat to my visit to Main Street. Some of the merchants got into the act too. This guy had an interesting costume and I liked the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    Halloween Halloween
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    Dark cell

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 14, 2003

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    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?

    THE  DARK  CELL - ENTRANCE
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    Prisoners

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 14, 2003

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    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.

    PRISONER # 1396  A.A. SPENCER  INFO
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    What a wheel!

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    You can see wheels as on my picture and the whole old... carriages (?is it correct name, how do you call it in English?) in Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park.
    They are, as you can see, made of wood with external layer (how do you call it in English?)made of metal (iron?).
    Not so easy to fix a wheel-clamp to it, am I wrong? :-)

    OLD WHEEL
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    Education for prisoners

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 15, 2003

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    Schooling was available for convicts, and many learned to read and write in here in prison. The prison housed one of the first "public" libraries in the territory, and the fee charged to visitors for a tour of the institution was used to purchase books.
    No wonder you can see some old books inside cells nowadays.

    SHELF...  FOR  BOOKS  INSIDE  A  CELL
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    Who were prisoners?

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 15, 2003

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    Their crimes ranged from murder to polygamy, with grand larceny being the most common. A majority served only portions of their sentences due to the ease with which paroles and pardons were obtained.

    YUMA  TERRITORIAL  PRISON
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    What did they use a bell for?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    This bell displayed in Yuma Territorial prison, as on my picture, was used for... I don't know.
    Probably it was a church bell used to announce a sunday mass as the prisoners were allowed to join the mass in a prison. Is my theory wrong?

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    Humanely administered prison?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 14, 2003

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    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.

    DARK  CELL
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    Oil lamps?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 14, 2003

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    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?

    OIL  LAMP  IN  A  CELL
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    In front of tourist attractions

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 15, 2003

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    In front of national and state parks, monuments, historic parks etc. they used to build... look at my picture taken in front of Yuma Teritorial Prison Historic Park. Hmm... how to call it in English?
    It's quite popular place to take pictures hehe.

    YUMA  TERRITORIAL  PRISON  HISTORIC  PARK
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    Commercials in sky :-)

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 15, 2003

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    There are a lot of commercials "in sky" = on tall poles in the USA and surely in Yuma as well - just to be well seen from far distance while driving. Look at Yuma Inn Motel commercial in my picture.

    The same in most European countries, btw does this idea derive from the USA? I think so.

    YUMA  INN  MOTEL  COMMERCIAL
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    What did they use barrels for?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    Did they use barrels to store wine/beer in Yuma Territorial Prison? Hmm... rather not. Prisoners were surely not allowed to drink it. Guards? Who knows, although they would die after drinking more booze in hot, hot, hot summer (over 100F usually).
    So? They used barrels to store water for drinking and washing, I suppose.

    BARREL
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    Iron bars

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 15, 2003

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    Iron bars in Yuma Territorial Prison were made of quite thick and wide pieces of iron. Not so easy to cut and damage, I am sure. But they were fixed one to another with rivets, so... :-))).

    IRON  BARS
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    American flag

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 14, 2003

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    Like in every national and state institution there is an American flag (in a flag-pole) inside the Yuma Teritorial Prison State Historic Park. It's not so usual in some/many other countries at least in Europe.

    AMERICAN  FLAG  IN  A  FLAG  POLE
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    Original iron bunkbeds

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 15, 2003

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    These bunkbeds in Yuma Territorial Prison as on my picture were made in October 1901.

    "This change from the old wooden became necessary in order to rid the Cell House of bed bugs which had become an intorelable nuisance"
    Herbert Brown, Superintendent 1901.

    Hmm... I preffered my King size bed in Yuma Inn Motel :-).

    IRON  BUNKBED
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