Yuma Territorial Prison
The site is now operated as a historical museum by Arizona State Parks as Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, a state park of Arizona.

History
Prison The prison accepted its first inmate on July 1, 1876. For the next 33 years 3,069 prisoners, including 29 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. High School From 1910 to 1914 the Yuma Union High School occupied the buildings. When the school's football team played a game against Phoenix, with Phoenix favored to win, the Phoenix team branded the Yuma team "criminals" when Yuma unexpectedly won; the school adopted the mascot with pride, sometimes shortened as the "Crims"; the school mascot image is the face of a hardened criminal, and the student merchandise shop is known as the Cell Block.

In popular culture
The Yuma Territorial Prison figured in
  • " Three-Ten to Yuma", a 1953 western short story written by Elmore Leonard, and also in two film adaptations:
  • 3:10 to Yuma , the 1957 original. (directed by Delmer Daves and starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin), and the 2007 remake, also entitled 3:10 to Yuma (2007 film) , directed by James Mangold and starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.
  • 26 Men , the 1957 episode "Incident at Yuma" of the syndicated western series of true stories of the Arizona Rangers, focuses on a prison break and the difficulty of gathering a posse faced by Captain Thomas H. Rynning, portrayed by Tristram Coffin.
  • The Wild Bunch , in the 1969 film Pat Harrigan ( Albert Dekker) threatens Deke Thornton ( Robert Ryan): "You've got thirty days to get Pike, or thirty days back to Yuma." In the 1961 western, The Comancheros , starring John Wayne, Yuma is also referenced.
  • Once Upon a Time in the West , the bandit Cheyenne is put on a train to Yuma (from which he escapes).
  • Yuma prison is referenced frequently in western radio and television programs such as Gunsmoke , The Rifleman and Bonanza , where ex-cons were frequently described as having done time.
  • " For a Few Extra Dollars", aka "Fort Yuma's Gold", is a 1966 Italian Spaghetti Western war film.
  • The first scene of the " Louis L'Amour" book Kid Rodelo (first published in 1966) takes place in Yuma Prison


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