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.
2493 South 5200 West, Hurricane, UT
Purgatory Correctional Facility. 15 to 9 (aka W State Street), then right on South 5300 West.
No tours, drive by the sign. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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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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