Cold Creek Correctional Facility

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Cold Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) was a Tennessee Department of Correction prison located in unincorporated Lauderdale County, Tennessee, near Henning.[1] CCCC is now the West Tennessee State Penitentiary (WTSP) Site #1.[2] The prison facility was previously named the West Tennessee High Security Facility and the Fort Pillow State Prison and Farm.[3]

The Fort Pillow Prison and Farm originally opened in December 1937.[3] As of July 13, 1998 the institution supported a 6,000 acres (2,400 ha) farming operation.[1] In 1999 the Cold Creek Correctional Facility closed. CCCF was replaced by a medium security complex built next to the West Tennessee High Security Facility (WTHSF). The two complexes and the CCCF minimum security annex were operationally combined and became the WTSP.[4]

Musician Steve Earle performed a concert at Cold Creek in June 1996 as part of a parole agreement after he was jailed for drug offenses the previous year. The concert was filmed as a MTV special, To Hell and Back, which was later released on DVD as part of a box set in July 2013.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Cold Creek Correctional Facility." Tennessee Department of Correction. February 3, 1999. Updated July 13, 1998. Retrieved on September 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "Risk Management." Tennessee Department of Treasury. Retrieved on September 26, 2010. "249 West TN State Penitentiary - Site #1 (formerly Cold Creek Correctional Facility - Fort Pillow)"
  3. ^ a b "TENNESSEE PRISON SYSTEM[permanent dead link]." Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved on September 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "HISTORICAL TIMELINE - (1700 - 2003)." Tennessee Department of Correction. 14 (14/16). Retrieved on September 26, 2010.
  5. ^ Heaton, Dave. "Steve Earle: The Warner Brothers Years". Popmatters. Retrieved 10/5/2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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Coordinates: 35°39′48″N 89°44′25″W / 35.663261°N 89.740326°W / 35.663261; -89.740326