Gotta a love a town whose major attraction is a brutal jail. In fact, in this Arizona State Prison (now a National Park) over a period of 33 years, 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, served sentences there for crimes ranging from murder to polygamy. It seems that a lot of prisoners were jailed for committing adultery. In fact, there was even a man in there charged with “seduction, under promise of marriage”!
There’s always an eerie feeling when you visit a place with so much history – I often try to imagine myself in context, and this time, I couldn’t imagine spending my days and nights at such an establishment. You really don’t need to go too far back into history to see what savages humans can be. And that, to me, is the scary part.