The Lovejoy Bros. Elevator at the intersection of 3rd Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Berthoud was built in 1919. In May of that year the Berthoud Bulletin reported, “The old warehouse building on Third Street has been partly torn down to make room for the concrete elevator to be built by the Lovejoy Public Elevator Company. The structure will be thirty feet square and 60 or 70 feet high…The old warehouse building was put up in 1894 by Messrs. A. Fairbairn, T.C. Bunyan, F.I. Davis and Jim Gregg, and was used for potato storage that year—a year in which some fifty carloads of spuds were bought at 60 cents a hundred and sold at 20 cents.”

In July 1919 the local tabloid added, “The walls of the new elevator for the Lovejoy Elevator company are completed. The roof is now being put on, and other work done to get the building ready for wheat storage as soon as possible. The building is re-enforced concrete, with walls 80 feet and 6 inches from ground to top. The roof will also be of cement. The bins will have 30,000 bushels capacity. It is understood that John A. Bell, the builder, has a contract for a similar structure at Trinidad.”

A cooperative named the Berthoud Farm Products Company purchased the elevator in 1920 and operated under that name for many years. In 2005, the Berthoud Arts & Humanities Alliance (BAHA) commissioned a 55’x 35’ mural to be painted on the elevator by Colorado artists Susan Dailey and Eleanor Yates. Several local donors contributed to the $25,000 project that was titled “Berthoud’s Roots.”

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