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3:10 To Yuma ! Prison That Is…

 

Yuma Territorial Prison.  Though the Hollywood Blockbuster movie was never about the prison it was about getting a criminal on the train (3:10 to Yuma) which would take him to the Yuma Prison.

Opened in 1876 and closed in 1909, this prison held a total of 3069 prisoners, 29 of which were women.  Some of the notable inmates included Burt Alvord (Train Robber), Pearl Hart (Stagecoach Robber), “Buckskin” Frank Leslie (Gunfighter and killer of Billy Claiborne) and Ricardo Flores Magon (Mexican revolutionary)

During it’s 33 years in existence 112 inmates died at the prison but believe it or not, most of those were from tuberculosis.  8 were killed trying to escape, 6 killed themselves, 5 died in work accidents, 2 were killed by other inmates and 1 was executed by Yuma county. 

If a prisoner became unruly they were thrown in the ‘Dark Cell’, basically a 15X15 cell carved inside the rocks.  Inmates were stripped to their undergarments and thrown in.  Their one meal a day consisted of bread and water and the cell had no bedding or restroom facilities.  Colleen and I walked into the ‘Dark Cell’ and it was Erie, there was a horrid stench that I assume goes all the way back to the first guest.

several others including the original 3:10 to Yuma with Glenn Ford.  Other movies include ‘To Kill A Memory’ (2012), ‘Riot’ (1969) with Gene Hackman, ‘The Badlanders’ (1958) with Alan Ladd and the ‘Red River Valley’ (1936) with Gene Autry.

Colleen and I enjoyed our self guided tour of the prison, we both read and soaked up the history of the place.  Even Hollywood loved this place.  Apart from the 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe, there were 

 

If you are in the Yuma area, stop in and learn a bit of local history.  Well worth the $8 admission.  I will also add a gallery of picture so look for that.  Have fun everyone…Kevin




 

Mexico Afternoon Trip

Well, we are so close to the border here in Yuma it made sense one day to take a trip across.  If anything we got to see and say we were there.  First Impression, you are bombarded by dental and 

vision sales!  At least 5 different ones in my first 100 feet inside Mexico.  They are very good though, 

once you say no thanks you are actually left alone!

The atmosphere was great, almost like the many trips we have taken into Cuba.  There are outdoor venues everywhere with so much to look at.  We found a nice little outdoor pub where we had some drinks and Salsa & Chips with guacamole and shredded parm. So here we go folks, I have avoided guacamole my whole life so far but I tried and actually liked it.  Kinda taste like cold mushy peas!  I ate it, loved it and had a couple of $2 Corona’s to go with it.  Nice.

After that we shopped a bit more, went back for more salsa then we joined the line to walk back over to the US.  I should have mentioned that we parked in the US and walked over.  This was by far the best way to visit.  Funny though, as we walked from the US into Mexico we saw no one.  No border guards, no officials, nothing but an open 

walkway from the US to Mexico.  Not the same coming back!  We joined a line of people and 45 minutes later were finally back in the US after going through security etc.

In all, this was a very fun day with good company, great 80+ degree weather and sunshine.  So there, I have now been to Mexico!  ...KEVIN