Yuma Territorial Prison

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Sitting on a hill over the Colorado River remains the old Yuma historical Territorial prison. This prison was known as the desert Alcatraz Island. The prison was found/created by Fernando de Alarcon with this man named Coronado who found the site back in 1540. Also Padre Kino saw the current location of the prison and the Quartermaster's Depot in 1683. Padre Graces established a mission directly across the river and was later killed there by the Indians in 1781. All of these men were involved in some part of the finders/creatures of the famous Yuma territorial prison which is now local tourist museum for the local community. Was the Yuma Territorial prison significant to Yuma? Yes I agree that the Yuma territorial prison was significant to…show more content…
A total of 3,000 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls during the prison's 33 years of operation.The Prisoners were the ones who built the prison. 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 3,000 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls during the prison's 33 years of operation. The Year 1909, is when the prison was closed down for all prisoners and workers. In 1878 was the first female convicted and sent to prison at the Yuma Territorial. In 1881 was when the Reservoir was constructed. The prison was the first area in Yuma to have running water,Electricity,and Bathrooms/Toilets. Yuma Territorial prison has a positive impact in a way because of the HollyWood movies created there. A famous movie that was based on the prison but there were no actual scenes at the prison is the movie “3:10 to Yuma”.Here is what the movie is about. In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale), struggling to survive on his drought-plagued…show more content…
The worst part of the prison had to be the Dark Cell. The dark Cell was used as a punishment for the prisoners that would disobey orders or just cause trouble. Depending on what the prisoners did determines how long they stay in the dark cell. Many have stayed for days, weeks, and even months. The dark cell was very narrow you can not stand up straight in there because of how narrow it is. The prisoners had to suffer in a very uncomfortable position. Even worse the prison guards would throw in scorpions and snakes for their punishments just to let them suffer even more. Ill-behaved inmates spent time in the “Dark Cell,” chained to ring-bolts in severe isolation. During this era there were lots of poor and cruel conditions within the prison and these were some of the major ones within the dark cell. The Dark Cell was dug out on 1894 in the South
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