Hurricane, Utah: Prison Named Purgatory

In a section of desert panned by early Mormon settlers, signs identify this Utah penal operation as "Purgatory Correctional Facility." Warren Jeffs stayed here during his trial.
Address:
2493 South 5200 West, Hurricane, UT
Directions:
Purgatory Correctional Facility. 15 to 9 (aka W State Street), then right on South 5300 West.
Hours:
No tours, drive by the sign. (Call to verify)
Phone:
435-656-6600
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Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Prison Named Purgatory

The early LDS pioneers named this area of the desert Purgatory after a particularly difficult time crossing it. While there is no town named Purgatory in Utah, the local government, probably one with a sense of humor, decided to name the correctional facility Purgatory.

[Juliana, aka Kernut the Blond, 10/21/2011]

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