2016 Westward HO travel blog

Yuma Prison Entrance

Guard Tower

Diorama of Prison

Candy got caught

Cell Block

Entrance to cell block


We needed to stop back at the Verizon store to see if Candy could recover her photo’s she had on her phone that took a swim in the sink full of water. This was a trip that yielded nothing, she has lost all of her pictures. We decided to visit the Yuma Territorial Prison which was very close.

The prison accepted its first inmate on July 1, 1876. For the next 33 years 3,069 prisoners, including 20 women, served sentences there for crimes ranging from murder to polygamy. The prison was under continuous construction with labor provided by the prisoners. In 1909, the last prisoner left the Territorial Prison for the newly constructed Arizona State Prison Complex located in Florence, Arizona.

Pearl Hart was a Canadian-born outlaw of the American Old West. She committed one of the last recorded stagecoach robberies the United States; her crime gained notoriety primarily because of her gender. After it closed from 1910 – 1914 it was used as the Yuma High School and 1914 – 1925 used as County Hospital.

Returned back to the campground because they were having a 50’s 60’s night in the street in front of our motorhome, so we got good seats. It was great music and there was great number of the people that got up and danced. They had hamburgers and fries for everyone so it was an enjoyable evening.

Tomorrow will be moving day, we leave for Borrego Springs California to meet up with Ray and Carol for a few days. They boondock out in the desert, no hook-ups just solar power. Ray has solar panels on their motorhome for power so they really enjoy being out there.



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