Winter 2016 travel blog

View of low lands around colorado river

views of the valley

Looking across the valley

Colorado River

looking at parts of Yuma

flowers at the prison

Guard house for Prison

The Gate leading into the Prison

The old Mess hall now a museum

One of the cells

The cell from the yard

The Dark cell

The old cell block


We headed west on I-10 to Blue Beacon RV Wash in Eloy, AZ. We thought we needed to clean a little grime off the rig. There was no wait and we were in an out of there in about 20 minutes. We then caught I-8 and headed to Yuma arriving at The Palms RV Resort for our 17th annual McKenzie International Travel Club Rally. Absolutely beautiful park with all the amenities. Our rally was one of the best and hosted by Dave & Dottie Jedynak and Ron & Jackie Athey. They did an outstanding job as did the park's activities director Al. Food was wonderful and we had one night of a youth Mariachi Band. These kids ranged in age from 13 to 18 and were amazing. Could have listened to them all night.

While in Yuma, we visited the Yuma Territorial Prison. This prison was established in July 1876 and housed 3069 prisoners, including 29 women during the prison's 33 years of operation. We walked into the cells that actually housed prisoners included the Dark Cell that housed incorrigible prisoners. In later years, these grounds housed Yuma High School, a hospital and a homeless shelter. Many years of history inside these walls.

The weather was "warm" during our stay, but each evening found us sitting out watching stars, drones and military flight maneuvers. A delightful week that came to an end all too soon.

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