Happenings in the Desert

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We made it through the solar challenge days! Yesterday didn’t get as bad as they said and we were gone. So we had lots of solar power.

There is a community of RVers out here at Imperial Dam. I mentioned that they keep in touch by CB. They have a library. They also play cards, have aerobics, hikes, 4×4 runs, happy hours, learning to bead and probably others I don’t know. They also have a DQ run.

We went on our first run the other night. We rode with Barefoot girl and UncleMonkey (Becky and Monte) who had Granny’s (Becky’s mom) Hummer.  My granddaughter Courtney loves hummers. So I sent off this photo to her of her Nana and Dale in their first ride in a Hummer.

Getting to the DQ takes about 25 minutes. The run is to the DQ in the foothills. We had a great time with the folks that lined up at the front gate to go get ice cream. Dale had a blizzard and I tried their waffle cone.

Since clouds were to come in on Wednesday, we decided to head off to Yuma for lunch and to go to the Yuma Territorial Prison. This section of town is now a state park. The state has preserved the prison where the Colorado River and Gila River join. Here are some photo’s or our adventure.

A layout of what the prison was like when it was working. In 1876 the first seven inmates entered the prison and locked in their cells. They had just built their cells!

Cells are on both side of this walkway. The cells on the right were joined with cells to the far right. A cell held 6 prisons with bunk type beds along the walls, three high. They had shelves for books and personal items and a bucket for personal bathroom needs. There was also a big iron ring in the floor. If a prisoner become unruly, one punishment was to be chained to this ring. His roomies would also be chained up with him. He soon got the message to be good and follow the rules. The rules were pretty stringent.

Far right side of cell unit connecting with cells on walkway.

Of all the prisoners, 29 women found themselves in jail for various crimes. Several were jailed for adultery, murder and burglary. I

noticed from the photo’s of prisoners in the museum, many were American Indian.

This young man was 14 and picked up for burglary.

This is the cemetery where 111 prisoners were buried. They died from various ailments, rocks falling on them while working (they worked all day except when eating); and being shot while trying to escape! The mounds of rocks speak for themselves.

The prison was closed in 1907 because of over crowding. Dale was writing his webpage last night and found out the prison will be closed this year due to budge cut backs. I sure hope they do maintenance on this piece of history.

While we were here a hot air balloon company was putting up their balloon so we

stayed and watched the whole process.

What an incredible interesting day we had. We love history and this satisfied our “history buff” minds.

2 thoughts on “Happenings in the Desert

    Gwen said:
    January 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Sorry this is so jumbled up – text to photo’s. Not how I laid it out when I wrote it. Either me or WordPress!!! 🙂

    Patty P. said:
    January 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Gwen… I just love reading what you guys are up to. Take Care!!

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