Yuma Territorial Prison Visitor's Center, Yuma
The Yuma Territorial Prison started when seven inmates were sent to the prison in July 1876. They were housed in cells they built thenselves. In the 33 years the prison operated 3069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls of the prison. The park is open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily except it closes at 2PM on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. It is closed on Christmas Day. Entrance is $4 for 14 and up and free for 13 and below. Facilities include a visitor's center, a museum, a gift shop, a video room, picnic area and restrooms. They have a number of special events listed on the website.
Your first stop at the park should be the visitor's center where you can get informational brochures, but souvenirs, and pay the entrance fee.
Long closed as a functional centre of incarceration, this is Yuma Territorial Prison (1875) , not a state prison - Arizona territory did not become a state until 1912, the last of the contiguous 48 before the admission of Alaska (49) and "Hawaii 5 - 0"
Much no longer remains, including much of the walls, if you're thinking it looks rather open plan! But the lead picture is the old guardhouse, there are of course cells and "the hole".......you can learn that particular hisotry for yourselves when you visit!
Cinematically probably most associated with the Glenn Ford "3:10 to Yuma" and the modern Russell Crowe - Christian Bale remake, the irony is of course that the movie was about a marshall taking a prisoner TO the prison train leaving for Yuma.. However, loads of movies have been shot here and continue to be, all the way back to1930s' The Three Musketeers and Red River Valley = watch the short video
Good gift shop, Free to put on convict gear for photgraphs and mirrors provided for easy "selfies" !
There is a museum on the grounds that discusses the construction of the jail, the inmates, the jailers, the townspeople and the Native Americans in the area.