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Historic courthouse in Florence is modernized

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP)- The Pinal County courthouse was built 21 years before Arizona gained statehood.

Now after a year-long restoration and modernization project that cost more than $6 million, the historic building in Florence has reopened.

The Casa Grande Dispatch says the renovated courthouse now will house the Board of Supervisors and county staff including the clerk of the board, the budget department, internal audit and communications.

The old courthouse completed in 1891 used to include the county Sheriff's Office and the jail on the main level with the courtroom on the second floor.

The jail held some famous criminals, including Eva Dugan, who was convicted of murder and hanged in February 1930.

She still is the only female prisoner ever executed in Arizona.

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Information from: Casa Grande Dispatch

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