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Yuma in Yuma County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Prison Labor

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

 
 
Prison Labor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2014
1. Prison Labor Marker
Inscription.  Anything a prisoner could not make himself or barter for, he had to do without.

As an inmate, forty-eight hours a week were spent working in the fields, quarry, adobe yard, or on assignment in a shop. Whether you needed a tin cup or a new mattress; designed silver spurs or carved wooden table legs, there was a shop equipped for producing the item. There were two shop buildings inside the prison, both are now gone. One was in the east yard, and one on the empty site in front of you. Each had several workshops, all different. Out of the tailor and shoe shop came garments to wear. A bakery oven yielded breads and desserts. The rehabilitation program of that time consisted of the more knowledgeable teaching those who wanted to learn. After hours, inmates were allowed to produce crafts which were sold or traded at a monthly craft fair, open to the public. A share of the profit was saved and given to the inmate when he left the prison.

The museum to your left was not one of the prison buildings. To preserve the historic site, the museum was built on the original foundation of the mess hall in 1939. The project was accomplished
Yuma Territorial Prison Museum Courtyard image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2014
2. Yuma Territorial Prison Museum Courtyard
(marker visible beside sidewalk at center of courtyard)
with volunteer labor using locally raised and Federal funds. It was completed in a record sixty days.
 
Erected by Arizona State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLaw EnforcementParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 32° 43.633′ N, 114° 36.9′ W. Marker is in Yuma, Arizona, in Yuma County. Marker can be reached from Prison Hill Road half a mile north of Harold C. Giss Parkway. Marker is located in Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, along the sidewalk in front of the museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 Prison Hill Road, Yuma AZ 85364, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main Cellblock (within shouting distance of this marker); Yuma Territorial Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Incorrigible Ward (within shouting distance of this marker); Yuma East Wetlands (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Yuma East Wetlands (within shouting distance of this marker); Yuma East Wetlands Today (within shouting distance of this marker); Ocean-to-Ocean Highway Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); View of the Prison from Across the River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yuma.
 
Related markers.
Yuma Territorial Prison Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2014
3. Yuma Territorial Prison Entrance
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
 
Yuma Territorial Prison Museum Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2014
4. Yuma Territorial Prison Museum Entrance
(looking south from marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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