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Planning underway for courthouse centennial

Posted on 04/17/2017
Planning underway for courthouse centennial

One hundred years ago, construction of one of Weld County’s most iconic buildings was completed, and it was paid for by a direct tax. While not without some controversy in the early 1900s, a $5.75 tax on every $1,000.00 of taxable property was levied for three years and was combined with a county building fund to pay for the $414,302.05 structure. Today, the building featuring intricate craftsmanship, bronze detailing and Colorado marble still stands as one of the most beautiful courthouses in the state.

It would cost more than $8 million to build the courthouse today.To celebrate the history of this building, Weld County, the 19th Judicial District and members of the community are working on plans for a public celebration for June 30th, 2017, which will tie into Greeley Friday Fest events that same night.

In addition to a celebratory event on June 30th, a series of speakers and lunch and learns, as well as tours of the building, will be held throughout the month of June. Details of upcoming celebration events will be released next month, and web pages highlighting the history of the courthouse will launch on June 1.

Donations to help fund the celebration are being accepted by the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County, who graciously agreed to handle the account for the committee. Donations, which are tax deductible, should include Courthouse 100th Anniversary in the memo line. Or you can donate on-line at www.cfsgwc.org – just select the Weld County Courthouse 100th Anniversary Fund.