September 30, 2012

Illinois Review | Illinoisian past halfway mark in touring 50 capitols in 50 days

BURR RIDGE – Friday, Illinoisan Mickey Straub toured the capitol of New Mexico and found a reference to God that he photographed and placed on his Facebook page. New Mexico’s capitol building is the nation’s oldest – built in 1609 to 1610, the nation’s roundest – the only round capitol building and America’s highest capitol building, located at 7000 feet elevation. All that in itself may be interesting, but that’s not the whole story. Straub’s photo in Santa Fe isn’t of the first state capital he […]
September 29, 2012

Salt Lake City, UT – Day 26 / Capitol #37

Salt Lake City ranked as the nations’s most productive city in 2011 and Utah topped the Forbes list as the best U.S. state for business and careers (see attached). Its Capitol was equally impressive, adorned with statues of successful citiz…ens and lots of marble, including four lions outside named Patience, Fortitude, Honor and Integrity. Special thanks to Ben Burden at the Visitor Center and Dick Coan who joined the trip today.)
September 28, 2012

Phoenix, AZ – Day 25 / Capitol #36

Arizona’s state seal speaks volumes: Ditat Deus is Latin for “God Enriches” and the drawing reflects the Five C’s of its early economy: Climate, Citrus, Cattle, Copper and Cotton. Liberty also has a major presence. Special thanks to Joe Kubacki (Sergeant at Arms in the Senate) for turning the lights on.)
September 27, 2012

Santa Fe, NM – Day 24 / Capitol #35

New Mexico is proud to have the oldest capitol building in the country (built 1609-10), the only round capitol building, and the one with the highest elevation at 7000 feet!  (That explains the snow en route.)
September 27, 2012

Denver, CO – Day 24 / Capitol #34

The Mile-high Capitol may be under construction, but it doesn’t affect operations, tours or the splendor its grand staircase, first-class rotunda and beautiful brass. The only thing more enjoyable were the people I met…who all inspired me…. Big thanks to Molly, the Governor’s executive assistant, to Marisela who watches over Lincoln…and to serendipity. (The Liberty Bell and Ten Commandments are across the street in Lincoln Park…which is only fitting.)
September 26, 2012

Cheyenne, WY – Day 23 / Capitol #33

Wyoming was first governing body to give women the right to vote, own property and have female governor. Amish cherry throughout, complete with imperfections built in, as they do, to honor God.  Lynnette, Cheri, Michelle, Melissa and the Gov, we’re all my Capitol Angels who made my visit exceptional!  (Plus Jeff outside who was born in Cheyenne, raised in Wisconsiin and was visiting from Chicago.)
September 26, 2012

Lincoln, NE – Day 23 / Capitol #32

The capitol building isn’t the only thing that makes Nebraska so unique, it’s also the only state in the country whose legislature is unicameral, that is, a single-chamber legislative body. And it’s  non-partisan. The inside was unlike any …other and so was the extra 14th floor rotunda (with Lincoln’s unifying words outlining the perimeter) and the observation deck. Check out these pics! No one is more prominent in Lincoln, than Lincoln; check out the Gettysburg […]
September 25, 2012

Des Moines, IA – Day 22 / Capitol #31

The Iowa State Capitol had the WOW Factor going on…from the outside, the dome, State Flag, the view, Law Library (staircase)’ the U.S.S. Iowa (Battleship) and Honoring Patriots. Lincoln, once again, was very prominent. The Iowa State Capitol had the WOW Factor going on…from the outside, the dome, State Flag, the view, Law Library (staircase)’ the U.S.S. Iowa (Battleship) and Honoring Patriots. Lincoln, once again, was very prominent.
September 24, 2012

Topeka, KS – Day 21 / Capitol #30

The Kansas State Capitol, also known as the Kansas Statehouse and heavily adorned with copper, is open while under construction for tours and operation. Here are some great pics of Governor Brownback’s office (and assistant Zoie Kern), a fabulous (and first copper) staircase, House and Senate Chambers, Supreme Court, dome and favorite son President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Outside, Lincoln and Lady Liberty had prominent placement…as did the 50 Capitols Lincoln.
September 23, 2012

Jefferson City, MO – Day 20 / Capitol #29

A stately Capitol atop a hill overlooking a river with Thomas Jefferson right out front. It not only had a unique sign at the entrance, it contained a legislative lounge painted with Missouri’s social history around it and over two hundred … quotes around the perimeter of the floors; plus Biblical quotes, the Ten Commandments (outside) and an incredibly impressive hall (or floor) dedicated to famous Missourians, like Harry Truman, Walt Disney, Dred Scott, Mark […]