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for the harsh weather. The pathways of the prison were similar to those of a courtyard house in reference to Southwest Housing Traditions: Design, Materials, Performance by Bob Vint. The pathways made a path for the occasional breeze to go through and cool off the prison. This was just one of the reasons that the prison was often called the Country Club on the Colorado river by people other than the inmates. The structure of the Prison is old technology now but it was nice for the time it was made. During my visit, I was able to make connections with the design of the prison structure to other adobe structures that many buildings in the Sonoran Region have. The inmates of the prison were very diverse. Going into my visit of the prison, I expected this because it is located so close to the border of the United States and Mexico. This expectation was fulfilled and I was able to learn more about how the inmates that were in the Yuma Prison were of all different races and cultures. Arizona was not yet a state in 1875 so the territory that the prison lies on, was a part of Mexico at the time. By the time the prison was built in 1876, there were still probably many people that were from Mexico. I also found it interesting that the prison was built by the first seven inmates that entered the prison. Many of the convicts were put in the prison because they were Mexican revolutionaries that had broken the laws of various Mexican/ American territorial acts. This made sense to me because at the time, the territory of what would soon be Arizona, and Mexico were under many territorial disputes. I would think that this was a large cause of why there were so many Mexican inmates. According to a sign that I saw at the state park, there were over 1300 Mexican inmates and just over 1400 Caucasian
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inmates. The rest of the prisoners were either Amerind, African American, or Oriental. I found it very interest that there could be so many different types of people that housed the prison when it was only open for just over 30 years. The diversity of the prison showed that there had to be other acts and propositions that cause crime to happen from different cultures. History was just
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  • Fall '12
  • Lotze
  • Yuma, Arizona, Yuma Territorial Prison

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