County Courthouse - Sagebrush Cafe

1101 Grand Ave Grand Lake

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Grand County Historical Association
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County Courthouse - Sagebrush Cafe

“Grand Lake needed a courthouse and jail to solve local problems during its lively saloon and mining days. It thus became the county seat from 1881 to 1888. A crew of local men built the courthouse and jail in 2 days. An infamous political bloodbath occurred on July 4th, 1883, when four people, including all three County Commissioners, were killed near the lakeshore. Days later, in a probable admission of guilt, the sheriff committed suicide in Georgetown. After a month, searchers found the body of his deputy in Utah, for a total of six deaths. Five years later, with the ores of Lulu City depleaded, miners and ruffians drifted away. The need for a Grand Lake courthouse dissipated as residents restored peace to their mountain paradise. Due to economic and population growth elsewhere and Middle Park, new county commissioners voted to permanently return the county seat to its original and more central location in hot Sulphur Springs. The popular Sagebrush Cafe now occupies the site of the old county courthouse and jail. After the Grand County offices moved to hot Sulphur Springs in 1888, the jaul was repurposed as an icehouse, and the courthouse transformed into a restaurant, grocery store, and saloon. In 1936, residents tore down the original small structure to build today's larger one.” ‘Go Grand,’ Kristi Martens

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County Courthouse - Sagebrush Cafe

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