DeSoto Correctional Institution
13617 SE Highway 70
Arcadia, Florida 34266
This site is located in the Southwest region of the state.
Exit I-75 on SR 70 (Exit 41) and travel east to Arcadia. Continue on SR 70 past Arcadia for approximately 12 miles. The DeSoto Correctional Institution is located on the south (right) side of SR 70.
One of the four Riddle contract schools in Florida, Dorr Field opened in early 1942. Located on the site of a World War I base, maximum enrollment reached 700 students training on Stearmans.
Purchased by the State of Florida in 1947, this site became the DeSoto Correctional Institution. Some World War II structures remain in use at this facility.