NorCal Paranormal Investigators invite you to join them for an amazing weekend adventure as they host the 1st Annual “Yuma Prison ParaCon 2016.” The event will feature the historic Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona and it will all be happening Friday, February 5 through Sunday, February 7, 2016.
Seven inmates entered the Territorial Prison at Yuma, Arizona in July 1876. They were locked into dismal cells they had constructed themselves. A total of 3069 prisoners, including 29 women, served their time in the prison for the next 33 years. During that period, many prisoners died from disease and natural causes. Five inmates committed suicide, including one prison guard as he stood at the Sallyport entrance. Some of the inmate’s spirits may still be lurking in the shadows behind the bars. The “Dark Cell” was used for solitary confinement for rule breakers. Although no one died in the dark cell, some went mad during their punishment and had to be transferred to the insane asylum in Phoenix.
By 1907 the prison was overcrowded due to the growing Arizona Territory. Again, by using a work force of convicts, a new prison facility was built in Florence, Arizona. The last prisoners from Yuma were transferred to Florence by September 1909. From 1910-1914 the Yuma prison buildings were occupied by Yuma High School. Later the empty cells were taken over by hobos and drifters riding the rails nearby. During the Great Depression of the 1920’s and 30’s, homeless families found shelter in the deserted prison walls.
What still remains of the original prison are several cell blocks, the base of the original guard tower, Sallyport, the Dark Cell, and many of the iron bunks and cell doors. There is also a prison cemetery nearby where 104 inmates are buried on a hillside overlooking the Colorado River. Each grave is marked by a pile of stones.
Guest speakers for the event include: Karen Rontowski-Stand Up Comedian – Paranormal Investigator – TV Personality; Doug Carnahan-Extreme Haunted Survivor – Investigator – TV/Radio Personality; Kathryn Waite Paulsen-Psychic Mediun – Investigator – Radio Personality; Jay & Marie Yates-Paranormal Investigators and TV-Personalities; Barry Conrad-TV-Movie Producer – Investigator – Author; Marie D. Jones Best-selling multi-genre author/screenwriter/producer/speaker/radio personality; Syd A. Schultz II-Investigator – Researcher – TV Personality; Stefan Brigati-Investigator – Radio Host – TV Personality; Jason Cobb-Paranormal Investigator – NPI Tech Manager; Tina Clark-Archaeologist / Historian / Curator at Yuma.
Yuma Prison Paracon 2016 will be hosted by Doug Carnahan–Haunted Survivor – Investigator – TV/Radio Show Personality and the event schedule is full of informative speakers followed up by an investigation of the Yuma Territorial Prison complex.
10:00am – 10:45am Tina Clark: Archaeologist/Historian/Curator at Yuma
10:45am – 11:30am Syd A. Schultz II: Investigator-TV/Radio Personality
11:30am – 12:15am Speaker TBA
12:15am – 1:00pm Karen Rontowski: Stand Up Comedian/Paranormal Investigator
1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch Break
2:30pm – 3:15pm Jay & Marie Yates: TV Personalities/Investigators
3:15pm – 4:00pm Kathryn Waite Paulsen: Psychic Medium/Investigator
4:00pm – 4:45pm Barry Conrad: TV Producer/Investigator/Author/Researcher/TV personality
4:45pm – 5:30pm Marie D. Jones: Best-selling multi-genre author/screenwriter/producer/speaker/radio personality
5:30pm – 6:15pm Stepan Brigati: Investigator/TV/Radio Personality
6:15pm – 7:00pm Question & Answer
7:00pm – 9:30pm Dinner Break
9:30pm – 2:00am Yuma Territorial Prison Investigation (Platinum & Gold Ticket Holders Only)
Speakers and events are subject to change without notice.
Does the Yuma Territorial Prison hold forgotten energies? Many visitors feel an unsettling presence in the cell blocks. There are only a handful of spirit hunters that can honestly say they have investigated the old Yuma Territorial Prison, survived the elements, and then paroled back into the reality of the present world. Be there!
Order your tickets and book your hotel room at the Best Western Inn/Suite Yuma Mall Hotel. Tickets are limited and will sell out fast. There are three different ticket packages for the “Yuma Prison ParaCon 2015. Go for the Platinum!
Link for TICKETS!
Learn more about the Yuma Territorial Prison
1 Prison Hill Road
Yuma, AZ 85364