Exactly 145 years ago today, on July 1, 1876, the Yuma Territorial Prison welcomed its first prisoner, William Ball of Tucson. He had been sentenced to life for second-degree murder.
In honor of the anniversary, the state park now hopes to welcome 145 visitors and raise at least $145 in donations on this day. Funds are needed to restore the sally port at the historic prison, which is made of adobe and has sustained water damage. To donate online, go to www.yumaheritage.com/donate.html or www.yumaprison.org.