Yuma, Arizona (PRWEB) March 31, 2013
Planning a jail break to escape to Alcatraz in sunny Yuma? Your days are numbered: Workers will start packing up the "Life on the Rock" exhibit about the infamous Alcatraz Prison for its next destination on April 15.
That means there are only two weeks left to see this world-class exhibit at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, 201 N. 4th Ave., 800-293-0071. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4:30 p.m.) seven days a week. The last day for public viewing of the special exhibit will be Sunday, April 14.
Access to "Life on the Rock" is included in the regular park admission fee, $4 for adults (ages 14 and older), $2 for kids ages 7-13, and free for kids age 6 and younger.
The traveling exhibit is meant to bring the Alcatraz experience to people who otherwise could never visit the environmentally fragile site in San Francisco Bay, explained Charles Flynn executive director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, which operates both of Yuma's state parks. The "Life on the Rock" exhibit was created by Alcatraz Cruises at the request of the National Park Service and has been shown in places like Ellis Island and Liberty State Park in New York City.
"Having this exhibit in Yuma has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so don't miss the chance to see it before it moves on," Flynn said. "The exhibit was an amazing fit for the Quartermaster Depot's original warehouse building here and we are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to share it with our community and visitors through the winter."
The 10-acre Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park includes some of the oldest buildings in Arizona, five of which date back to the period (1864-1883) when the U.S. army supplied all the forts in the Southwest from this site on the shores of the Colorado River. In the early 1900s, the site became the Bureau of Reclamation's Yuma Project headquarters, where the first major water projects in the West were planned and launched.
Permanent exhibits explore both the military use of the site and the pioneering engineering efforts that grew Yuma's agriculture industry, along with the history of both steamboats and railroads in the region. A new exhibit that just recently opened also describes Yuma's innovative environmental restoration efforts.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is an independent nonprofit corporation governed by a local board of directors. It was among the first national heritage areas in the West to be officially designated by the U.S. Congress. The Heritage Area's master plan projects earned the Governor's Arizona Preservation Award in 2009. For more information, call 928-373-5198 or visit http://www.yumaheritage.com.
Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public. A longtime favorite with sun-seeking snowbirds, Yuma's population nearly doubles in the winter months, thanks to more than 23,000 spots in RV parks and resorts. The community also offers nearly 4,000 hotel rooms, conference and meeting facilities, and three casinos. For more details about Yuma's year-round attractions, special events - and the rarely "cloudy with a chance of tacos" forecast* - visit http://www.visityuma.com or call 800-293-0071.
*Recognized by Guinness World Records as world's sunniest spot, Yuma offered free meals to hotel guests "every day the sun doesn't shine" from Aug. 1, 2011 until July 31, 2012 as part of Arizona's Centennial celebration. Yuma's final score? Sunshine 365, Gloom 0.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot contact:
Charles Flynn, 928-373-5192 (office), 9238-503-2679 (cell), charles(dot)flynn(at)yumaaz(dot)gov
Yuma Visitors Bureau contact:
Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell), ann(at)visityuma(dot)com