THE YUMA TERRITORIAL PRISON MUSEUM
Established in 1876, the Yuma Territorial Prison housed a total of 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, during the prison’s 33 years of operation. Today, the prison is an Arizona State Park and provides visitors a look into the convict life a century ago. The park houses a museum that contains exhibits, photos, and video presentation. Visitors can also tour cells, rock yard and the infamous dark cell.
During 2010 the Yuma Territorial Prison Museum began a reconditioning. In addition to a remodeled gift shop and grounds, the museum itself began to recieve a face lift with refreshed exhibit, new artifacts and remodeled multi-media room. Charles Flynn of the Yuma Crossing Heritage Area and City of Yuma archeologist Tina Clark headed up the project. With Mrs. Clark's extensive research the story of the prison began to emerge in greater detail. Many of those stories revolved around colorful character that one would only find in dime-store novels.
To really strike the mood for the museum we developed multiple large wall banners to highlight the characters that passed through the cell's of the Yuma Territorial Prison. Photo restoration and digital archiving were also completed. Please click the link below to view some of the work.