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Alcatraz Comes to Yuma, and UP Helps with the Prison Break

Posted March 25, 2013 08:54 AM CDT

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Enjoying the Alcatraz exhibit, from left, are Charles Flynn, director of the Yuma Crossing Heritage Area; Russell McCloud, Yuma County Supervisor; Zoe Richmond, UP Director of Public Affairs, and Greg Wilkinson, City Manager for Yuma.

Union Pacific in Arizona has been an avid supporter of the Arizona State Parks. So when our neighbors, the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, asked Union Pacific to sponsor a prison break from Alcatraz, the railroad became a co-conspirator with the Yuma Crossing Heritage Area.

The Yuma Crossing Heritage Area has been hosting a traveling Alcatraz exhibit, sponsored by the Union Pacific Foundation. Recently, the group sponsored a reception to thank volunteers, board members and to bring elected officials down to the historic park area.

During the reception, non-profits in Yuma also received their UP Foundation grants for 2013. The organizations that received funding this year include Assitance League of Yuma, Crossroads Mission, Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center, Humane Society of Yuma, United Way of Yuma, Yuma Community Food Bank, Yuma Territory Live Steamers.

The exhibit runs through April 14.

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Checking out a prison cell are Russell McCloud, Yuma County Supervisor, left, and Cookie Wagter, a member of the Humane Society of Yuma.