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Nov 12, 2007
Yuma is a city in of Yuma County, Arizona, United States. It is one of the hottest cities of any size in the United States. It is located at the point where the Gila and Colorado Rivers converge. It was once a busy river port sending military supplies shipped from California to forts and camps in the Southwest to fight the Apache wars.

Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the sunniest place on Earth.

The old down town Yuma is located at the northern tip of the city right by Colorado River. This area is used for street fairs and musical events through out the year. The shopping district is similar to those found in towns all over Mexico. The centre of the down town area is fun shopping selection of tourist-geared stores, with collectibles and souvenirs.

The town has a wide range of locally owned stores, charming boutiques and regional cuisine as well as resutants. Yuma Palms Regional open-air centre opened in 2005. it has four main shopping districts, including a village, a power centre, a regional centre and a Restaurant Row.

The Ocean-to-Ocean Highway Bridge was the first bridge for automobiles crossing the Colorado River. It was constructed in 1915 at a cost of 73,800 Dollars. The bridge links the West Coast of the U.S.

Yuma appears in the title of the original 3:10 to Yuma movie, but no part of the Western was filmed in Yuma.

Fort Yuma1849-1885 and Quechan Indian Museum is near the Colorado River near the Territorial Prison. Fort Yuma is one of the oldest military posts associated with the Arizona Territory. It offered protection to settlers and secured the Yuma Crossing. Head quarters for the Quechan Indian Tribe and houses tribal relics.

The prison was built in 1876 and was made famous in western novels and cow boy movies. Yuma Territorial Prison State Park was used between 1876 and 1909, this penitentiary housed many of Arizona's most dangerous and notorious criminals. It is Arizona's most visited State Historic Park. You go through the museum first. There are displays of artifacts and interpretation of prison there.

Century House Museum is one of Yuma's oldest and most historic buildings. Once the home of pioneer merchant E. F. Sanguinetti, the museum now exhibits photographs, artifacts and furnishings of Arizona's territorial period. The museum also has a colourful gardens and aviaries with exotic and talking birds.
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Douglas Scott works for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Yuma Rental Site
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