Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., jokes with U.S. Distristric Court Judge Nanette K. Laughrey during the dedication of the Christopher S. Bond United States Courthouse Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in Jefferson City, Mo. Bond served four terms in the U.S Senate, two terms as Missouri governor and as state auditor from 1971 to 1973. (AP Photo/Jefferson City News Tribune, Kelley McCall)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new $68 million federal courthouse was dedicated Tuesday in Missouri’s capital city in honor of former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, who helped secure the money for the project.
The new courthouse overlooks the Missouri River from a bluff that once held the foundation of the Missouri State Penitentiary, which had been the oldest continuously operated prison west of the Mississippi River. After closing in 2004, portions of the prison complex were Login to read more