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Yuma park serves up history ala mode

Pie shoppe is sweet addition at Yuma Quartermaster Depot

YUMA, ARIZONA -- Think history can be a little dry?  Not at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, where the new Back in Time Pie Shoppe is serving up delicious homemade pies and coffee in an atmosphere that harkens back to the era when wholesome "Harvey Girls" softened the grizzled heart of the Old West.

Pie oh my
Karina Beard serves up pie and coffee at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
Housed in a renovated section of the historic adobe Corral House, the Back in Time Pie Shoppe had a "soft" (and tasty!) opening during the Yuma Visitors Bureau's Christmas Village event.  After giving its pie bakers a chance to relax and enjoy the holidays, the Shoppe will reopen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily beginning Jan. 2 and continuing through the winter season.  Besides sweet treats, the Shoppe also offers an antique and gift area.

"The idea is for people to experience the sights, tastes, and feel of a bygone era", said Tina Clark, who curates the park and its exhibits for the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.  "It's a slice of all-American history that everyone can enjoy - and even order up ala mode."

So that everyone can get a taste of the new attraction, the Quartermaster Depot will offer free admission from Jan. 2 through 11. Pie Shoppe patrons can get a free "Access Club Card" with any purchase which will permit unlimited, free return visits to the Quartermaster Depot for the rest of the season (note, there's an additional charge for Access Club Card holders to see the special traveling exhibit on Alcatraz hosted by the Quartermaster Depot Jan. 12-April  14).

"We are trying to add new dimensions to the experience of visiting the Yuma Quartermaster Depot, and what better to enjoy the park than with a slice of pie and a hot cup of coffee," said Charles Flynn, executive director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.  He noted that the the 10-acre park on the historic riverfront features some of Arizona's oldest buildings and exhibits on Yuma's steamboat and railroad history, as well as the 100-year-old Yuma Siphon, which still brings irrigation water under the Colorado River to nourish the area's thriving agriculture.

After state budget shortfalls threatened closure of the park in 2009, the property was leased to the city and the Heritage Area assumed operations.  The park now also houses the Yuma Visitors Bureau's Visitor Information Center, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May.


Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is an independent nonprofit corporation governed by a local board of directors.  It was among the first national heritage areas in the West to be officially designated by the U.S. Congress. The Heritage Area's master plan projects earned the Governor's Arizona Preservation Award in 2009.  Info at 928-373-5198 or

Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public. Yuma's population nearly doubles in the winter months, thanks to more than 23,000 spots in RV parks and resorts. The community also offers nearly 4,300 hotel rooms, conference and meeting facilities, and three casinos. For more details about Yuma's year-round attractions, special events - and the rarely "cloudy with a chance of tacos" forecast* - or call 800-293-0071.

* Recognized by Guinness World Records as world's sunniest spot, Yuma offered free meals to hotel guests "every day the sun doesn't shine" from Aug. 1, 2011 until July 31, 2012 as part of Arizona's Centennial celebration. Yuma's final score? Sunshine 365, Gloom 0. 

Yuma Visitors Bureau contact:
Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell),

Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area contact:
Charles Flynn, 928-373-5192 (office), 928-503-2679 (cell),

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Background info:

Fast Facts About YVB

 Fast Facts About Yuma 

Yuma history - narrative

Yuma historic timeline


Research and statistics

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018 Executive Summary

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