- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Yuma’s historic prison will temporarily be on lockdown after Labor Day.

The city’s tourism officials say Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park will be closed from Sept. 6 thru Sept. 21 for annual maintenance and cleanup.

Charles Flynn, executive director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, says it is the best time to fit in the necessary maintenance, which cannot be conducted while tourists roam the prison and museum.

The prison will reopen Sept. 22 on a summer schedule before expanding to seven days a week Oct. 1.

The Yuma facility first opened on July 1, 1876 and stayed in operation for 33 years.

It has since become a museum.

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