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Last look of the old Utah State Prison before it’s gone

Oct 01, 2022 06:29PM ● By Justin Adams

By Mimi Darley Dutton | [email protected]

The media and public officials were invited for a final tour of the now-closed prison site in Draper before abatement and demolition begin. The tour focused on A block built in the 1950s.

In mid-July, 2,454 inmates were moved to the new prison. That same week, The Point announced their choice of a Phase One development partner for the 600 acres of state-owned land.

“It’s the closing of an era and something bigger and better at a place we affectionately call The Point,” Gov. Spencer Cox said.

According to Scott Cuthbertson, chief operating officer for The Point, former Gov. Jon Huntsman first floated the idea of relocating the prison in 2004. “It used to be the backwoods of Salt Lake County and it’s become the most prized spot of real estate in the state. You’ll see a city rise from this prison site,” Cuthbertson said.