Yuma, Arizona, is a place rich in history and culture, making it a wonderful area to explore for residents of The Caravan Oasis 55+ RV Park. From the iconic landmarks of the Old West to museums that encapsulate the region's diverse history, here are some of the most notable historical sites you can visit during your stay.
Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
This fascinating historical site once served as a prison in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, the park invites visitors to step back in time and learn about the lives of inmates who were once housed here. From viewing the original cell blocks to exploring the museum, there's plenty to discover.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
Located on the banks of the Colorado River, this site was used by the U.S. Army to store and distribute supplies for forts in the region. Today, it serves as a museum that displays artifacts and information about the region's military and transportation history.
Historic Downtown Yuma
Immerse yourself in Yuma's historical past by strolling through the city's historic downtown district. It's filled with beautifully preserved buildings dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Be sure to visit the charming Main Street, home to a variety of local shops and restaurants.
Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens
This site offers a glimpse into Yuma's Victorian era. Once home to pioneer merchant E.F. Sanguinetti, the house now serves as a museum and garden showcasing artifacts, exhibits, and beautiful garden displays, offering an insight into the city's past.
The Cocopah (or “River People”) have inhabited the lower Colorado River and delta for centuries. This tribal museum exhibits artifacts and displays that offer insights into the culture and history of the Cocopah people. It's a wonderful place to learn about the area's indigenous history.
Castle Dome Mines Museum & Ghost Town
About an hour’s drive from Yuma, Castle Dome City began in 1862 with the discovery of silver and lead. Today, you can explore over 50 buildings in this ghost town turned museum, viewing all sorts of relics from Arizona’s longest running mining operation.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area
This area celebrates the rich cultural heritage and natural history of Yuma. Spanning 4.5 square miles, it includes the Yuma Crossing National Historic Landmark, the Colorado River State Historic Park, and the Yuma East Wetlands.
These historical sites provide an opportunity to enrich your understanding of Yuma's past and enjoy a day of exploration and learning. As always, check with each location for their current hours of operation and any senior discounts that may be available. Enjoy your journey into Yuma's fascinating history!