An old house made new

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More than 130 years after its construction, community leaders, citizens celebrate renovation of county courthouse

  • A crowd of more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the renovation of the county courthouse in Ouray. Photos by Erin McIntyre
    A crowd of more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the renovation of the county courthouse in Ouray. Photos by Erin McIntyre
  • Commissioners Ben Tisdel, John Peters and Batchelder help cut a ceremonial ribbon. The facility, built in 1888, underwent a 14-month, $8.8 million renovation and expansion. More than 100 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which featured a poetry reading, a Ute Mountain Ute Indian blessing and small group tours
    Commissioners Ben Tisdel, John Peters and Batchelder help cut a ceremonial ribbon. The facility, built in 1888, underwent a 14-month, $8.8 million renovation and expansion. More than 100 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which featured a poetry reading, a Ute Mountain Ute Indian blessing and small group tours
  •  Ouray County Commissioner Don Batchelder applauds during a ceremony Monday marking the official reopening of the Ouray County Courthouse. B
    Ouray County Commissioner Don Batchelder applauds during a ceremony Monday marking the official reopening of the Ouray County Courthouse. B
  • Ouray County Administrator Connie Hunt gets a hug from Vicki Lane, administrative assistant, during the ceremony celebrating the renovation of courthouse.
    Ouray County Administrator Connie Hunt gets a hug from Vicki Lane, administrative assistant, during the ceremony celebrating the renovation of courthouse.
  • Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser congratulates county officials on the completion of the courthouse project.
    Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser congratulates county officials on the completion of the courthouse project.
  • The socially-distanced crowd watches during the ceremony dedicating the newly renovated courthouse.
    The socially-distanced crowd watches during the ceremony dedicating the newly renovated courthouse.
  • County Administrator Connie Hunt thanks staff during the ceremony for the courthouse dedication.
    County Administrator Connie Hunt thanks staff during the ceremony for the courthouse dedication.
  • The courthouse dedication attracted more than 100 attendees this week.
    The courthouse dedication attracted more than 100 attendees this week.
  • Members of the Colorado Freemasons present the time capsule housing artifacts from 2020 that will be kept sealed for 50 years until reopening.
    Members of the Colorado Freemasons present the time capsule housing artifacts from 2020 that will be kept sealed for 50 years until reopening.
Will Clapsadl has been chasing history for 13 years. For as long as he’s been the facilities manager for Ouray County, he’s been trying to find relics of this community that were secreted away a little more than a decade after Colorado achieved statehood. He knows what’s inside the tin box — a copy of The Solid Muldoon, one of the newspapers of the day, a steel engraving of Ute Indian Chief Ouray…

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