Large sections of the Yuma Territorial Prison have been lost to progress, but, not all. Portions of the buildings and grounds were lost to new development, such as railroad tracks. Over the years other sections were dismantled to "recycle" the building supplies the abandoned facility could provide to the local citizens.
|The beds were narrow. Cells small.|
|Door to the Dark Cell from the inside, substantial, heavy.|
|Looking into the Dark Cell.|
|The top part was a guard tower, the bottom was a water reservoir,|
the structure was originally just a platform to slow down
evaporation. Then a roof was added and it became a guard tower.
The Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park was an unusual museum, for sure, a glimpse into a dark side of humanity.