A long stone’s throw from the site of the 1843 Hudson’s Bay Company outpost, best known as Ft. Nisqually-the City of DuPont officially opened its new Civic Center, just off Center Drive at Northwest Landing. The official red ribbon cutting took place before noon on Friday, March 27. In the shadow of a structure resembling an HBC Bastion, DuPont’s Mayor Tamara Jenkins praised the year-long project for “being on time and under budget.”
An estimated crowd of more than 100 people, including dignitaries that included Pierce County Councilmember Dick Muri, State Sen. Mike Carrell, several mayors from surrounding communities, and city staff including DuPont’s council members, as well as local residents watched the ceremony. Afterward the guests filed inside to enjoy entertainment provided by the Nisqually Tribal Singers, Drummers and Dancers and light refreshments.
The impressive civic center that includes city hall, fire and police headquarters, will be a fitting setting for a community that began more than a century ago.
To learn more about the city’s history visit the DuPont Historical Museum on Barksdale Ave. 964-2300 for more information.