History Of The Yuma Territorial Prison

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How is the Yuma Territorial prison significant to the city of Yuma? How is the Yuma Territorial Prison significant to the Southwest region of the United States? Well, the Territorial Prison is significant to the city of Yuma and the Southwest region because the prison was the one thing that helped start to develop the houses and population of yuma. Also, the prison had helped influence and build some of the buildings in Yuma. After the prison closed down in 1909 it became a temporary school after a prison and after it was a school it became a museum which brought more people to yuma, like tourist because they wanted to see the prison. By opening the school it helped start the school system that we use today for the yuma school district. The …show more content…

when the prison was built they had designed the roofs of the prison to be peaked so that the prison would stay a little cooler and they had designed and built the walls to be very tall so none of the prisoners would escape. So when people were building their houses they included the peaked roofs because they wanted to keep their houses cool inside during the hot months during the summer. The same concept was used during the winter, as the peaked roofs kept their houses warmer in the winter. In 1916 after the prison had closed there was a flood that destroyed many buildings and houses. The townspeople had decided to take apart the prison to help them rebuild their own houses. The people of yuma decided to take apart an 18 ft wall that scaled the front enterance of the prison. The wall was in place to keep prisoners from escaping the prison. After the building was taken apart they had decided to use the rest of the abandoned prison as a temporary school. The people named it yuma high and the students that went there were called the “criminals” since their school had been in a prison for a short time. After the high school had been in the building for awhile they decided to build a building inspired by the prisons design for the school. So in a way the prison started yuma and the development of …show more content…

The school had been a school before the prison but their school had burnt down and it just so happened that the prison closed. So they rebuilt the prison and had let the school use their building until they built a new building for their school. In 1913 yuma high had the first graduating class at the prison. In 1883 there was a library put in the prison which was useful by helping the prisoners read and write before they had left the prison. Also the library had pictures of some of the presidents on the wall of the library and there was information on the walls about the town. What roles, other than a prison, has the Yuma Territorial prison taken on over the years? The prison went from a prison to a school and then into a museum. What impact has this had on the local community? The prison is a huge tourist attraction and when someone looks up yuma they see the territorial prison. The prison was one of many reasons that helped to increase the population to help expand and form a larger city. When the library was put in the prison it had over 2,500 books that were used in many different ways for the prisoners and it helped with learning new languages and how to read and write. The books were also used for the students that were at Yuma

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