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    Default Catalina Federal Honor Camp

    Seven miles up on Catalina Hwy (Mt. Lemmon near Tucson) are the remains of a fairly unique old prison camp previously known at the Catalina Federal Honor Camp (or Old Prison Camp) which was renamed the Gordon Hirabyshi Recreational Area for one of its inmates. Yep, that's right. Named for an inmate. The story of how that happened is interesting.
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    Just curious, why did anyone want to get to the top of the mountain bad enough to build a road to it?
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    It's the difference between 110 degrees and 75 degrees in the summer.
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    Maybe a sawmill was part of the allure.

    During the 60's and into the 70's it was an Indian Youth Camp. I read somewhere that the Indians, mostly from the White Mountain Apache tribe, were used as extras in the movie 'Ulzahna's Raid" which was filmed in So Az.

    In the 80's after it was deserted, it was a temporary holding ground for all the vehicles that had driven off the cliffs along the highway. There were maybe a dozen cars there before they were hauled off. Wish I had been into photography then...
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    I loved going there in the 80's. You could drive back almost to the dam and camp. It was relatively unknown. Just a dirt road off the main hwy up to Mt. Lemmon.
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    Yeah it was a neat spot, I have played softball and volleyball there and drank from someone's keg, though I am understandbly fuzzy on that memory.
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    Hey good shots of the old place. That's one that's nearby that I still haven't been to. Maybe I'll check it out in the fall.

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    Yes and back in the 1980's, it was a BIG party place. People would go up there, build a big fire and drink and camp. Ahhh, the good old days :-)
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    Here's some more information regarding the bike ride I took when I visited the camp:
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    Thank you for posting pictures of what is left of the prison camp. I like to see the different jails and prison my great grandpa did time in. He was an inmate there in 1940.

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