"The prison accepted its first inmate on July 1, 1876. For the next 33 years 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, served sentences there 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 state Prison in Arizona. _ Yuma Territorial Prison Info
Recently, We headed to an old 1800's Territorial Prison that is on the border of California, Arizona and Mexico. The Prison was built on a large river cliff and out in an area desert where there wasn't much but the Prison in the 1880s. The Prison had prisoners with all sorts of sentences - disputes, adultery, polygamy, stealing, murder.
This was one of the worst territorial prisons you could be at - super hot tempatures, rattle snake bites, small pox, etc. The Prisoners had to make things to barter or go with out here although the did have a library and were taught to read. There were not many repeat offenders from this Prison. But, there were a few that escaped and got caught and tossed back in.
When you walk these halls you can hear voices calling out to you from the cells. The Little Lady walked by one and a tape recorder that goes off by a motion sensor said, "Hey You. Ya. I am talking to you. I don't like you!" Then, the prisoner began to tell his story on how he got there. The tape startled her a little bit and we got a good laugh.
It is such a beautiful view of the city from this tower.
The Children got in to the cell to pretend that I locked them up for a picture.
In order to get them in I tossed Beloved in there too.
He is just hiding in there!
The visitor center had it where you could dress up for a mug shot!
I liked these little signs better than the numbers.
They made us all laugh.
The Inmates had a lot of time on their hands.
Their were displays of the crafts that they made.
These items are all made out of horse hair.
The guy who hand crocheted this lace spent a lot of time in trouble in the dark pit.When he wasn't created a ruckus he spent his time making these.
It said that most actually became model citizens after doing their time here!
It was fun to visit the prison from the time when Arizona was just a territory.
Although, slightly creepy too.
We went and visited a little tiny church afterwards!
Not purposely done but I did feel slightly better after we did!