Fear Factory

Whitney Paul, Reporter

In the heart of industrial Salt Lake City, Fear Factory is one popular haunted factory– even the employees don’t dare going alone.

The history of the factory is frightening enough. In the late 1800’s an employee named George Howe was crushed while oiling the coal crusher before shutting it down for the night. George’s sleeve was caught by the crusher pulling him into his death slowly. Employee, Amanda Putnam says, “I have myself experienced supernatural experiences. I refuse to be anywhere alone when I’m there!”

The Fear Factory has appeared in the Travel Channel show, Ghost Adventures. They say that Howe was the first reported death of the factory in the 1800’s. Before Fear Factory was built the community of homeless citizens lived in the factory. There are many unreported deaths.

On an average night the haunted factory receives about 2,500 guests, and on weekends about 4,000. The age variety is wide, going from age 8 to elderly. Putnam says, “I absolutely love my job! I love the atmosphere of excitement! People come to have fun, and that in turn makes my “job” very enjoyable.” The haunted house have a light touch, the actors aren’t aggressive and can’t pick guests up. The other attractions are the zip line, free fall and the black out nights, where all guest are sent through with a finger flash light Fear Factory provides.

Thousands of high school students go to the Fear Factory each year, many on outings with friends. The Fear Factory has a zombie bus which makes trips to the south end of the Gateway mall every 30 minutes, 7:00 – 9:00 weekdays and 7:00 – midnight on weekends. The general admission is 25$ and the VIP admission is 35$ which includes a shorter line and a souvenir of a hot glass or water bottle. Fear factory address: 666 800 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84104