Changes are happening at American Legion Post 119! Due to the combined generosity of numerous donors, volunteers, organizations and business sponsors, the historical icon at the corner of Highways 7 and 36 has been getting quite a facelift. The public is invited to join an Open House celebration of this achievement on Saturday afternoon, October 14 from 1-4 pm. Refreshments and building tours will be offered.
The structure that houses Post 119 was originally a Bureau of Reclamation office building, built in 1939 as part of the Colorado-Big Thompson project. Post 119 acquired the building from the Bureau in 1954. While some structural improvements were completed over the decades, as years passed the building started to show its age in unpleasant ways. Thanks to a generous donor, several years ago the Legion was able to begin a siding project and build a new entry way. In the past few months, new donations and volunteer efforts are renewing the effort to revitalize Post 119.
The roof is the most recent example of the huge improvements that are in process. The cupola was recently re-painted by volunteers. Just this week, Soderburg Roofing is replacing the crumbling roof after years of Legion fundraising for that purpose.
The Great Hall has been undergoing a huge renovation in recent weeks, with new curtains, paint, and ceiling fans, and lighting provided by ambitious volunteers as well as generous donors. This hall has been transformed into a lovely and practical event venue that is available for a wide variety of occasions.
And we are not done yet! A project is in process with a grant from the Colorado Historical Society to complete an architectural review of the structure and help prioritize needed improvements. This review will pave the way for grant funding to complete future projects.
A special treat at the Open House… thanks to Lumpy Ridge Brewing we are proud to announce the release of Legion Ale, a special brew in honor of our American Legion and our Veterans. Please join us for this special addition to our event!
The American Legion is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. Estes Park’s Post 119 was chartered in 1920 as the local branch of that national organization. It is located at 850 N. St. Vrain Avenue. Veterans and their family members are encouraged to join and support this worthy organization.
We hope that all of you will join the celebration on Saturday October 14!