More than a dozen Old West re-enactment groups from as far away as Colorado and Oklahoma will ride into town for a showdown at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park next weekend.
The 15th Annual Gathering of the Gunfighters on January 12th and 13th gives spectators, the fun of seeing Western lore unfold in person with a lot of shoutin' and shootin'.
It was just three years ago that Arizona State Parks announced that the prison would close because of cuts in the state budget. The Yuma community mobilized into "Chain Gangs," raising more than $70,000 in two months making it possible for the Heritage Area to take over and keep the park open to the public. Since then, the Heritage Area renovated the museum exhibits and restored the prison's original adobe sally port with historically accurate materials and techniques.