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Yuma Territorial Prison Cemetery
Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona

Yuma Territorial Prison Cemetery

The prison cemetery. Only piles of rocks remain. The prison tower is visible in the center of the picture. The cell blocks are located behind the white semi-truck.

Off to the far right, you can barely see the St. Thomas Mission, on the California side of the river, built in 1922. This mission replaced Mission La Purisima Concepcion, built in 1780 by Franciscan Friars, but was destroyed to the ground by the Quechan natives. Next to the mission is Fort Yuma, which was built to protect gold prospectors from natives. There is also a cemetery there.

Photograph Copyright © 2000, Steve Paul Johnson

 

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