2019 RV Adventure travel blog

Yuma Territorial Prison Guard Tower

Guard Tower had a commanding view of the area and is situated...

Below the Guard Tower is the prison's original water supply reservoir/tank


Guard Tower view of Admission & Gift Shop

Guard Tower view of Sally Port (prison entrance) & Museum/Theater

Sally Port (prisoner entrance), one of the last remaining original 1876 adobe...

Guard Tower view of Yuma East Wetlands & Colorado River.

Yuma East Wetlands & Colorado River.

Yuma Riverside Park & East canal.

Sally Port (prisoner entrance), one of the last remaining original 1876 adobe...

Back of Sally Port

Museum & Theater

NOT many folks my age!

Front side of Cell Block

Original cell

“Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite”

Talk about a HOT BED!




Back side of Cell Block

Back side of Cell Block

Back side of Cell Block

Back side of Cell Block

Cell Block


A chamber pot, nice toilet facility!

Patti & Chuck Renevier, by way of Manhattan (Montana)

Patti & Chuck

BUT OFFICER, I'm an old man that was just looking for FUN!

Misbehaved inmates spent time in the “Dark Cell,” chained to ring-bolts in...

Railroad bridge with Ocean-to-Ocean bridge in background.

The Saint Thomas Yuma Indian Mission is a Catholic mission in Winterhaven,...

It was dedicated in 1923, and its design replicates the Mission Puerto...

The UGLY Storage Tanks are just a disgraceful eyesore, even for California.


On July 1, 1876, the first seven inmates entered the Territorial Prison at Yuma and were locked into the new cells they had built themselves. Thus began the legend of the Yuma Territorial Prison. A total of 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls during the prison's 33 years of operation.You don't have to wait until 3:10; the park is open from 9-5 daily, stop in and take a walk through a big piece of Old West history.

The Yuma Territorial Prison is a former prison located in Yuma, Arizona. The prison opened while Arizona was still a U.S. territory & is one of the Yuma Crossing and Associated Sites on the National Register of Historic Places in the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. The site is now operated as a historical museum by Arizona State Parks as Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. 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 Arizona State Prison Complex located in Florence, Arizona.

Yuma Union High School occupied the buildings from 1910 to 1914. When the school's football team played against Phoenix and unexpectedly won, the Phoenix team called the Yuma team "criminals". Yuma High adopted the nickname with pride, sometimes shortened to the "Crims". The school's symbol is the face of a hardened criminal, and the student merchandise shop is called the Cell Block.

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