Have you ever heard about the Yuma Territorial Prison? Do you know where it might be located, The Yuma Territorial Prison is a prison located in Yuma Arizona in the United States. This prison is a museum today and can be visited, you can learn about the history of Yuma when you are touring it. This prison opened in the year 1875 and closed in the year 1909. “On July 1, 1876, the first seven prisoners entered the territorial prison at Yuma and were locked into the new cell they had built themselves.” “A total of 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived in the walls during the prison’s 33 years of operation.” “The Yuma territorial prison was under continuous construction, with labor provided by the prisoners.” “When the prison ran out of land to build on, a new facility was built in Florence.” The year 1909 on the month of September 15, the last prisoners were transferred to a new prison in Florence, Az. From Yuma to Florence was about 200 miles to destination. During this time, it was the most dangerous with so many crimes being committed. Overtime, the Yuma Territorial prison increased the population, at times prisoners were treated well, and a part of the Yuma territorial prison was used to build part of Yuma Arizona. Do you know the history of how the Yuma Territorial Prison was built? The prison was authorized by the Legislature in the year 1875. The prison was budgeted $25,000 to be built. The ground of the prison was broken on April 28, 1876. After this happened, some of the prisoners had to fix this problem by, being put into work to build their own cells.