Colo. community started by sugar company gets facelift

WELD COUNTY - Spanish Colony is a Weld County community. It was first formed when Western Sugar company brought in Spanish-speaking laborers in the 1920s. In recent years, the community has suffered from pockmarked roads and aging pipes.

On Thursday, county and city leaders celebrated the completion of a $750,000 project that repaired the roads and improved the infrastructure.

"The pipes and everything had been underground since 1941, 1946, and it's deteriorating," said Gabriel Lopez, who grew up in the area and wrote a book about it called "White Gold Laborers."

Years back, the community approached the county about repairs.

"The road was just really dilapidated and deteriorated. There wasn't good drainage in the subdivision," said Elizabeth Relford.

On Thursday, she watched vehicles course through the community smoothly without swerving through potholes.

"It's great seeing everybody using the road and not having to bounce everywhere," she said.

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