Yuma Territorial Prison

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A prison that was built by its own inmates was the Yuma Territorial Prison. I will be writing about the history of the Yuma Territorial Prison, I will be describing in detail what the prison looked like and what the prisoners did, the prison was built in Yuma, Arizona because Yuma is really hot and dry and there is nothing surrounding it, my limitations to further research are that i 've never seen the prison in person and i don 't know what the prisoners did on a daily bases except for what picture show. The prison was first opened on july 1, 1876 after it was authorized by Legislature in 1875. The prison was a very modern prison for its time it gave prisoners comforts that other prisoners did not have. There was a few escapes and a number …show more content…
I didnt think that there would be so much information and history about the Yuma territorial prison, but like always i had some limitations. My limitations to further research about the prison were the accesses that i got with the prison i didn 't get to see the prison in person. I think it would have been very helpful for me if we would have gone as a class to see the prison so that way everyone could have seen it not just some people,i would have wanted to see the structure of the prison, how big it was,the cells and other things like that. Most of the pictures that the internet show are pictures of the prison now and the prison now is not the same as it was back then there have been a lot of changes by the destruction of the prison when the Ocean to Ocean bridge was built and other destructions that have happened throughout the years from fires, floods townspeople and other things. I was also unable to talk to one of the prisoners or to a relative or something to ask them how it was to be in the prison or so they can tell me some stories that happened in the prison. I do not know how the prisoners acted, felt or what they did through their days in the prison cells. Like always more time is good for everyone, i think if i would have had more time i could have actually when to go see the prison so i could get a better idea of what the structure of it looked like or what the prisoners felt when they were in the hot …show more content…
In 1907 the prison started to overcrowd and there was no room on prison hill to make the prison bigger and it was also very easy for the prisoners to escape, so they built another facility in Florence, Arizona. After that the prisoners started moving to Florence and on September 15, 1909 the last prisoner left the Yuma territorial prison.In 1910 the prison was used as a school buy yuma high up until 1914. In 1915 the Ocean to Ocean bridge was built and more than half of the prison was destroyed the only thing left were some of the cells, the main gate and the guard tower. Then by 1941 the city operated the prison as a museum until 1960,and in 1961 the Yuma Territorial Prison became the third state park in Arizona.budget prices threatened for closer of the star park in 2010 but Yuma’s community “chain gangs” fundraised money to save the state park from being

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