Join the celebration: Events planned throughout June for Weld County Courthouse 100-year anniversary
May 31, 2017
County officials have planned numerous events and activities starting Friday and running at noon each Friday through June to commemorate the centennial of the Weld County Courthouse. To join the groups for lunch, call Karen Salaz at (970) 475-2500. Spots are reserved for the first 150 people.
One hundred years ago, workers were completing construction on the Weld County Courthouse.
On Wednesday, workers hung bunting — red, white and blue — to signify the start of a celebration 100 years in the making.
The courthouse was built using a $5.75 property tax on each $1,000 of property value. The $414,302 building ($8 million today) has stood the test of time, featuring intricate craftsmanship, bronze detailing and Colorado marble, according to Weld County government officials.
The bunting will hang through the Fourth of July weekend, and it was purchased by the county for the Centennial Anniversary, which includes an event from 5-7 p.m. June 30 at the courthouse.
Along with that event, which will feature speakers, live music and refreshments, county officials have planned numerous events and activities starting Friday and running at noon each Friday through June. Here's the list, courtesy of Weld County government:
» Friday — Legacy of Weld County Government: The building of Weld County Courthouse was likely Weld County's first debt-free project, although it wasn't without some controversy. Learn how this then state-of-the-art building was planned for and paid for with the hopes that it would provide a century of service for the residents of Weld.
» June 9 — A Walk through History with 19th Judicial District Chief Judge James Hartmann: The Weld County Courthouse opened its doors July 4, 1917, with fanfare and celebration. Now, nearly 100 years later, you can experience the history first-hand. Join Hartmann as he walks through the decades of the historic courthouse.
» June 16 — The Courthouse Block: From courthouses and jails, to churches and commercial structures, several groups have occupied the Weld County Courthouse Block 65 in downtown Greeley from 1870 to present. The event will feature historical images, facts and anecdotes about the courthouses, jails, judges, county officials and other colorful citizens whose lives and legacies are associated with this particular spot in Weld County.
» June 23 — Crimes & Criminals: The man deserved it, so the Greeley townspeople would tell you. He was a thief. A bully. A murderer. He got what he deserved. So there he hanged, dressed in his suit, hair slicked back. It's the story of W.D. French, Greeley's first and only lynching victim. More crimes followed. More justice pursued. Three generations of district attorneys take a look back over the crimes and criminals of Weld County.
» June 30 — Ghost Stories and More with journalist Mike Peters: Retired Greeley Tribune reporter Mike Peters joins the courthouse centennial celebration to bring you Ghost Stories and More. A longtime journalist, Peters has spent decades tracking Weld County's high-profile cases and bringing those stories to print. Join him as he reaches back in history to talk about his on-the-job experiences covering Weld County courts, plus a few ghost stories?