Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park


Now a museum, the building houses photographs and colorful exhibits of those who once involuntarilyĀ¯ stayed there and the prison life they had to endure. A total of 3,069 prisoners, including 39 women, lived within the walls during the prison's 33 years of operation. Despite an infamous reputation, written evidence indicates that the prison was humanely administered, and was a model institution for its time. The only punishments were the dark cells for inmates who broke prison regulations, and the ball and chain for those who tried to escape. Come experience this fascinating slice of Arizona history. The park offers a museum with exhibits, a gift shop, video presentation, picnic area, and restrooms.