No. 8 top story of 2020: County courthouse receives complete renovation, reopens

  • Erin McIntyre — Ouray County Plaindealer Ouray County Commission Chairman Don Batchelder applauds at the dedication ceremony for the renovated courthouse, held in September. COVID-19 delayed the celebration from the original plans to hold it in July.
    Erin McIntyre — Ouray County Plaindealer Ouray County Commission Chairman Don Batchelder applauds at the dedication ceremony for the renovated courthouse, held in September. COVID-19 delayed the celebration from the original plans to hold it in July.
Bid farewell to the red paint, worn-out carpeting, crumbling plaster and peeling shingles. Say hello to restored wood floors and brick exterior and new, fire-retardant shingles. The 132-year-old Ouray County Courthouse reopened in the fall following a much-needed renovation, funded mostly by a 0.55 percent sales tax approved by voters in 2017. “This building needed much more than a coat of paint…

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