Scooter racing

Scooter racing
After parking for the night, we'll still have time for a little racing

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Club Fed - 1880s style

No one could accuse the old Yumans of being soft on crime.  I took myself off on a tour of the Yuma Territorial Prison, built in the 1800s out of bedrock and adobe.  A couple of weeks in that place would have made me turn into a nun.  The cells were tiny and housed 6 prisoners.  All that was in there were 3-tiered bunk beds and a chamber pot.  If you didn't work, you didn't eat - they chained you to the cell floor and left you there. 

I was surprised by the menu for the prisoners.  Breakfast was usually steak, potatoes, eggs and beans; lunch was steak and beans but dinner was usually only fruit or veggies, bread and water. 

The museum was interesting - I was really struck by the incredible arts and crafts which were made by the prisoners.  Weaving with horsehair, making lace, bone and shell artifacts..... incredible what you can do with time on your hands and sharp instruments at your disposal. 

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