|Left San Bernardino CA on Monday Ap. 16. Drove out past Salton Sea to Niland, CA and stopped to see an attraction I had seen on Huell Howser. It was well worth the side trip. Below is a recent article about Salvation Mountain. The man who made it is no longer there and I think place is in danger of being lost from neglect.
We arrived in Yuma to the Araby Acres RV Park. It is OK. Alot of street noise but cheap and in town. We are only here till Wed and then we head to Tucson and surrounding areas for a couple weeks. More on that later.
Today we visited the Historic area of Old Yuma. The Yuma Territorial Prison, opened in 1876, built by the prisoners that would be locked up in the cells that they built. Of the 3,069 prisoners held ther over the 33 years of operation, 29 were women. In 1909 it closed. From 1910 to 1914 it was the Yuma High School. During the depression it housed homeless and destitute. Now a State Park.
The Yuma Quartermaster Depot began in 1864 as a supply outpost to serve the military of the Soutwest. Paddle Wheel Steamers left San Francisco and made there way around the tip of Baja and up the Sea of Cortez to the Colorado River and up the river to Yuma bringing supplies. Imagine the Colorado flowed freely to the Sea. In 1883 the railroads brought an end to the depot supply role. Today a State Historic Park.
Well that is it for sights in Yuma, on to Tuscon tomorrow......