Monday Jan. 28th.. After our normal start to our day which consists of a walk and bike ride we decided to head over to the Yuma Territorial Prison State Park.
The prison accepted its first inmate on July 1, 1876. For the next 33 years 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, served sentences there for crimes ranging from murder to polygamy. The prison was under continuous construction with labor provided by the prisoners. In 1909, the last prisoner left the Territorial Prison for the newly constructed Arizona State Prison. The cells, main gate and guard tower are still standing.
After our prison visit we headed back to old town and went to Lutes Casino for a late lunch. Every time we have been downtown this place has been packed so we just had to go ourselves. No dinner needed tonight.
Built in 1901 right in the heart of old downtown Yuma Arizona. It looks old, like old places should. It was built as a general store with a hotel located on the second floor, with the hotel balcony overlooking main street. You ask one of the Lutes why they named the place a casino? “There’s no gambling now, of course, but years ago there used to be gambling in here. They paid off the local authorities, and there was a trap door right behind you that went down to the basement where the gambling took place.” The place inside looks like there’d be fights and derelicts and stuff hanging around, but there’s never any trouble. Everyone’s mostly congenial. In the past decade it’s become “chic”, you might say, to come here.
After Lutes we headed home and went to the billiards room located here at the resort for a few games of pool.
Every Tuesday in old town there is a street fair so we plan to attend as well as go to the Yuma Quartermaster Depot.