Sunday, January 11, 2009

A day of sight seeing

We went to the Yuma Territorial Prison and did a tour.  The Prison was built in 1876 and was the first prison in AZ.  



A total of 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women lived within the walls during the prison’s 33 years of operation.  Grand larceny was the most common crime of the era.  DSC_0008

We were able to go into the cells, most of them were 6 feet by 6 feet. At times there were up to 4 prisoners per cell. Many of the prisoners were hung here at the prison.

The 11th annual Gathering of the Gunfighters was happening at the prison site.



Outlaws, lawmen, cowboys, saloon gals, and townsfolk all in costume.   They were putting and skits of gunfight and bar bawls.  Reenactments of the wild west. 



The costumes were just great just like in the movies. 

On the way back to our camp we stopped at AZ smallest church.  DSC_0021






I think a total of 6 people can be inside at one time. 


An AZ farmer built it in 1996 in memory of his wife who had passed away the year before.  They hold services on Easter Sunday at the church, not sure if at any other time. 

It was a fun day and nice to be back in the MH.  As you can see in the picture below we are on the lake again this year. We are the second MH from the left, Nancy and Charles are right behind us.  Our friends, Steve and Sandy, from Benson will be coming this week and spending time here at the dam.


Sunny and 75 everyday, can’t beat that. 

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