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Dungeon Party In Utah!

Awkward news out of Park City, Utah: this year’s annual Dungeon Party can’t be held in the dungeon. It’s closed for repairs.

The good news is that the dungeon will be back, uncomfortable as ever, in the spring of 2009, once the Park City Historical Museum finishes fixing up the place.

The dungeon is what the locals call the holding pit at Park City’s old territorial jail. “One of Park City’s best loved landmarks,” according to the Park City Record, “where at least 11 people died of alcohol poisoning or exposure while in police custody.” It’s now part of the Park City Historical Museum, which is in the last months of a multi-million renovation, which is why the death pit is closed to this year’s merry-makers.

There are a number of human hell-holes open for tours across the country, some more theatrical than others. Purists who fear that Park City’s pit may be going upscale need not worry, according to the Record: “The dungeon has remained untouched expect for waterproofing and plaster reinforcement injected into its walls to shore it from collapse.”

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Park City Museum

Address:
528 Main St., Park City, UT
Directions:
In the Park City Museum, which used to be the city jail. U.S. 40/189 exit 4. Drive west on Kearns Blvd/Hwy 248 until it ends. Turn left onto Park Ave./Hwy 224. Drive south one mile, turn left onto 5th St., then left again onto Main St. The museum is on the right.
Phone:
435-649-7457
Admission:
$10, discounts for kids and seniors.
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