Yuma Territorial Prison

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Not to be confused with Arizona State Prison Complex – Yuma.
Yuma Territorial Prison
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Main Gate to the Yuma Territorial Prison.
General information
Location Yuma, Arizona, United States
Opened 1875[citation needed]

Coordinates: 32°43′35.5″N 114°36′51.9″W / 32.726528°N 114.614417°W / 32.726528; -114.614417

The Yuma Territorial Prison is a former prison located in Yuma, Arizona, United States. Opened in 1875, it is one of the Yuma Crossing and Associated Sites on the National Register of Historic Places in the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. The site is now operated as a historical museum by Arizona State Parks as Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park.[1][2]



Opened while Arizona was still a U.S. territory, the prison accepted its first inmate on July 1, 1876.[3] For the next 33 years 3,069 prisoners, including 20 women, served sentences there for crimes ranging from murder to polygamy.[4] The prison was under continuous construction with labor provided by the prisoners.[5] In 1909, the last prisoner left the Territorial Prison for the newly constructed Arizona State Prison Complex located in Florence, Arizona.[6] It was also the 3rd historic park in Arizona.

High School

Yuma Union High School occupied the buildings from 1910 to 1914.[7] When the school's football team played against Phoenix and unexpectedly won, the Phoenix team called the Yuma team "criminals".[8] Yuma High adopted the nickname with pride, sometimes shortened to the "Crims". The school's symbol is the face of a hardened criminal, and the student merchandise shop is called the Cell Block.[9]

Notable inmates

In popular culture[edit]

(Listed chronologically) The Yuma Territorial Prison has been featured in:


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