South Western Arizona Yuma
Trip Start Jul 04, 2012
40Trip End Jun 04, 2013
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Yuma's other claim to fame is its history. Because of its location at the confluence of the Colorado and Gila rivers, it became a important stop on the settlers trail to the west. So for history buffs like us there are several interesting areas to explore.
First stop, the Yuma Territorial Prison
While we were there they were hosting the Gunfighters Shootout. Groups of re-enactors performed skits from the wild west shootout days. The boys enjoyed gun fighting action. Zak spent the next few days practicing his quick draw skills!
We also spent a few hours exploring the Quarter Masters Depot. The US army used this area as a supply depot and staging area for expeditions in the area.
The last of our thee days in Yuma was spent at the Castle Dome Mine Ghost Town. In the 1880's gold was found 40 miles north of Yuma. Within a year 3000 people lived in Castle Dome. The town boasted 5 saloons, a hotel, numerous stores and a Sheriffs office.We had a great day looking at the old mine shafts, and exploring the historic buildings and learning about Arizona's early days.
The three days we spent in Yuma were a great introduction to Arizona's wild west past. We will continue to travel east to the Sonoran Desert. Giddyup cowboy!!