Arizona State Industrial School

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Arizona State Industrial School
Opened 1912
Current Status Preserved
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Fort Grant, AZ
Alternate Names
  • State Industrial School for Wayward Boys and Girls
  • Fort Grant State Industrial School


Fort Grant was abandoned in 1905 by the Army, which transferred all troops to Fort Huachuca and left the fort unoccupied except for a caretaker. In 1912, Arizona gained statehood, and the fort was occupied by the State Industrial School for Wayward Boys and Girls, which modernized most of the buildings. In 1968, the state of Arizona officially assigned the site to the Department of Corrections, and in 1973 Fort Grant became a state prison for male convicts. In 1997 the prison became a unit of an Arizona State Prison complex headquartered in Safford.