Sunday, October 31, 2010

7:15 to Yuma

A converted post office is now the Gowan Company building

(Editor's shout out: As I arrived in downtown Yuma, I got a call from my college chum, Skeeter. We talked college football, movies and hockey.)

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program...

Early Saturday morning, I left Phoenix for a day-trip to Yuma, AZ, to see what I could see. Yuma, on average, is one of the hottest cities in the U.S. and filled with sunshine. I was welcomed with temps in the mid- to high 70s, sunny skies and a nice breeze.

Downtown Yuma:

Space on the ground floor is available

Looking west on Main St.

The Kress building

The Yuma Theater

Drink anyone?

Looking east on Main St.

Looking south on 2nd St.

An old firehouse? See below

Ah, that's what it is

Random Buildings:

Yuma County Courthouse

Fourth Avenue School

Disrepair in Yuma:

A row of shops

An erstwhile law office

Hotel Del Sol

Odds and ends:

A train crosses the Colorado River from CA to AZ

Looking up the Colorado River from the Fourth Ave. Bridge

Lunch at Texas Roadhouse

Yuma Territorial Prison

Notice the ball and chain

After walking around downtown Yuma, I drove out to the Yuma Territorial Prison. It sits on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River.

The Sallyport. What the heck is a Sallyport?

Glad you asked

The main guard tower

Check out what this gal was in for

If you were really bad

Illuminating the Dark Cell

Entering the main cell block

Cell after cell

6 men to a cell. Stacked them 3 high

The yard

Prison stats

Of course, I signed the guest register

Prison cemetery