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“Slice of the old west” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 43 things to do in Yuma
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Owner description: Only remnants remain of this historic prison built in 1876, where you can see photographs of some of the prisoners who served time here over its 33 years of operation and get a feel for frontier justice.
Calexico, California
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5 reviews
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“Slice of the old west”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

as someone who grew up on the east coast this place is like something you would see out of an old western movie. You definitely get a feel for the old west and how rough it was for those early settlers. Not a big site so you can walk through in a short period of time Seeing the old cells was really cool.

Visited November 2013
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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
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“Neat sight to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great help from workers there, Close in and very well kept up. a must see and walk through if you like History.

Visited May 2014
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Ann-Jeanette M, Guest Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Patrick T...thanks for the visit!!!!
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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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“must have been a hell hole”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We were made very welcome by the staff. The guide gave an excellent tour and insight into the conditions and running of the prison. His narrative of the History of the prison was highly informative. You do have to use your imagination a little to see what conditions were like for those who were incarcerated here. But all in all a very good informative couple of hours . Well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Thanks for the visit; hope to see you back soon!
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Ontario
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“half acre of hell, now a tourist attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

We visited in May, just as the days were beginning to heat up. You need imagination to see the original prison as very little of the original walls or buildings remain, but the little museum is well laid out and makes the best of its remaining artifacts. You certainly get a feel for how hot the yard would have been, and how hellish sharing those cells with 6 others would have been.
Not much here for children. This is a museum for people who like to read as there is extensive explanation for each item.
Staff is friendly, and there is cold water for sale in the gift shop.
There are stairs up to the guard tower/lookout, but you can see the museum without climbing the stairs. The prison yards are dirt-pack - level ground and accessible, but not wheelchair friendly.

Visited May 2014
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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Thank you for the visit; we appreciate it!
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Bakersfield, California
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“The "Olden" days must have been hell”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

I visited in late November (after dental work and attending the Balloon Festival) and the weather was cool. This prision must have been a real hell, in the "olden" days. The museum has lots of neat stuff like a real ball-and-chain, lots of prisioner stories and pictures.

Visited November 2013
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Ann-Jeanette M, Public Relations Manager at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Thanks for your visit; hope to see you for another visit!
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