Cox says chapel at old Utah State Prison site will remain

Aug 15, 2022, 7:00 PM | Updated: 7:01 pm
Old Utah State prison...
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said Monday that the chapel at site of the old Utah State Prison will not be torn down. Photo credit: Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio.

DRAPER, Utah — The old Utah State Prison is now a thing of the past. 

On Monday, Gov. Spencer Cox and former Gov. Gary Herbert walked through the facility one last time. Cox says a chapel is the only part of the facility that will remain.

However, Cox says a decision on what to do with the chapel hasn’t been made.

“We don’t know exactly what that’s going to look like yet,” he said. “That’s still ongoing. Is it still going to be used as a chapel? Is it going to be kind of a museum? Those are the types of things that we’re still working on, trying to figure out. But it will be featured prominently.”

Cox says the chapel will serve as a reminder that there is “hope even for the most fallen amongst us.”

Key to the old Utah State Prison

Additionally, the two Utah governors stood in cells where inmates lived. Cox even presented his predecessor with an original key to the prison.

“This is an actual, physical key to the Draper prison,” Cox said. “As it was in 1951 to 2022.”

Old state prison

Former Utah Gov. Gary Herbert stands in a cell during a tour of the old Utah State Prison in Draper Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. Photo Credit: Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio.

The demolition of the remaining part of the facility should happen sometime in the next few months.

“It’s going to be several months before you see actually start to come down,” Cox said. “So that’s what we’re looking at.”

The old state prison will be replaced by a massive new development called The Point. Construction is expected to begin in 2026.

The new Utah State Correctional facility opened earlier this year. It is located roughly nine miles north of the Salt Lake City International Airport. 

Mark Jones contributed to this article. 

Read more:

Today’s Top Stories

Business + Economy

kia markups...
Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Business

Kia, once the ‘value’ brand, now has the biggest price markups

On average, Kia cars and SUVs are selling for about 6% over their sticker price, according to data from
20 hours ago
intermountain healthcare...
Mark Jones

Name change coming to Intermountain Healthcare next year

In 2023, Intermountain Healthcare will change its name to Intermountain Health.
2 days ago
Inland Port Authority Plan...
Becky Bruce

The plan to build an inland port/commerce hub is on hold

The announcement comes about a week after a state audit suggested that the Utah Inland Port Authority needs a master plan.
2 days ago
Office space may look more like this work from home setup in the future in Utah...
Adam Small

Working from home associated with increase in housing prices, study finds

One reason for the increase could be the extra space needed as our homes became our offices when working from home.
2 days ago
Intermountain milestone 1 million tests...
Mark Jones

Intermountain Healthcare purchases land near Ephraim

Intermountain Healthcare has plans to develop 35 acres of land in the Ephraim area into a new hospital.
3 days ago
On Monday, David Rice was named president and CEO of Associated Food Stores. Photo credit: Associat...
Mark Jones

Associated Food Stores name David Rice as its new CEO/President

On Monday, Associated Food Stores named David Rice as its new CEO and president.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Cox says chapel at old Utah State Prison site will remain