Did you know that the Territorial Prison was authorized by the Legislature in 1875 with $25,000 budgeted for the project? Ground was broken on April 28, 1876, and some of the prisoners were pressed into service to build their cells. The first seven inmates moved into the facility on July 1, 1876. The Prison held a variety of law violators, including the legendary stagecoach robber Pearl Hart. The Prison continued in operation for 33 years when, due to overcrowding, all inmates were moved to a new facility in Florence, Arizona.. To learn more about the Yuma Prison visit their website at www.yumaprison.org.

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