Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
“…she stabbed her unfaithful lover, then cut open his chest, pulled out his heart, and threw the bloody mass at his face.” The grizzly crime of passion that got Elena Estrada thrown in the clinker for seven years is just one of the many extraordinary stories you will find when visiting this captivating, dreadful, and notorious place of incarceration.
Voted as USA Today’s “Best Haunted Destination in the U.S.,” the Yuma Territorial Prison is a must-see for both ghost hunters and history buffs. Two-foot-thick adobe walls, studded with chunks of granite kept in (most of) the prisoners…Imagine being inside the tight cells which had little ventilation and no indoor plumbing, inside the walls, so high prisoners had no view of the “outside,” and even inside the Dark Cell if they were not model prisoners… Today, you can move easily in and out at your will, but that sense of being confined is tangible in this legendary location. It’s easy to imagine that even Russell Crowe’s character felt a shiver and hoped to not end up at the Yuma Territorial Prison, in the 2007 make of the movie 3:10 to Yuma.
With many ways to rest, contemplate nature, learn, recreate or exercise, Yuma’s parks and gardens are each a mini oasis in their own right. As green and flowering as Yuma is, it might be easy to forget it’s situated in the Sonoran Desert. It’s only because of the ample water...Read More