The Great AZ Road Trip

The Yuma Territorial Prison

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The Yuma Territorial Prison is a reminder of the days of the old west when outlaws were wreaking havoc and Billy the Kid was King.

The Yuma Territorial Prison saw its first prisoner in 1875 and operated for 33 years thereafter. It saw a total of 3,069 prisoners, 29 of which were women.

The prison was a model institution since it provided education to its inmates along with amenities like electricity. The prison, now a museum, houses photographs and colorful exhibits of those who once stayed here and the prison life they had to endure. Visitors can get a glimpse into the life of this prison as they walk through its strap iron cells and solitary chambers.