Yuma Territorial Prison
May 17, 2016

We decided to take a pleasure trip from our Tucson home to the Yuma Territorial Prison, just as a way of enjoying our new car.  Along the way we detoured southwest along Route 86 between Tucson and Gila Bend in order to see the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, lying near the Mexican border.  During the drive west on 86, after passing Sells we saw some spectacular saguaro cactus displays.  Unfortunately though, the road was narrow and we was unable to find a good spot to take decent pictures.

The Organ Pipe Monument was a disappointment, since most of the sights were on dirt roads, some of which required a 4-wheel drive vehicle.  With our car sitting only 4" above the ground, there was no way we were driving off-road!  So we simply stopped at the Visitor's Center, toured the museum, then walked around the grounds taking a few pictures.  

We left the Organ Pipe Monument and drove west, intersecting I-8 in Gila Bend, where we continued on to the prison arriving at 2:00 P.M.  After spending a couple of hours touring the prison, we headed to the local Best Western where we had dinner and then read for a few hours.  The next morning we ate at the Best Western's outstanding breakfast bar and then headed back to Tucson putting a total of 598 miles on the car.

The following represent the best of the pictures taken during our trip . . . enjoy!

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The path around the Visitor's Center.

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Cholla - Arizona's nastiest cactus!

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Great looking organ pipe cactus.

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A saguoro "skeleton".

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The main gate at the prison.

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The next 15 pictures were taken inside the prison museum.

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I took pictures of every banner hanging around the museum.

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A photograph of the prison library.

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Evil-looking Yuma prisoners!

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The next 6 pictures were taken from the main guard tower.
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  I panned from left to right taking the photos.  There were great views from the tower!

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