October 12, 2012

Juneau Empire | Photo: 50 states in 50 days

Mickey Straub prepares to recite President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in front of the Alaska State Capitol during his visit on Tuesday. Straub is on a personal mission to visit all 50 state Capitols in 50 days. Straub, who plans to finish in Illinois in about a week, says he is making this trip to promote freedom, unity and patriotism in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln.Mickey Straub prepares to recite President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in front […]
October 12, 2012

Beartooth NBC – KTVH | Illinois man on a journey to visit 50 State Capitols in 50 days

After planning it out for several years, an Illinois man is nearly done with a trip of a lifetime. Mickey Straub has driven more than 11,000 miles in his attempt to see 50 state capitols in 50 days.  He says he takes plenty of photos and writes a journal entry for each for each capitol he visits. Straub has been driving an old Lincoln town car across country, with the exception of 2 flights to […]
October 9, 2012

Junea, AK – Day 36 / Capitol #44

The Alaska State Capitol, #44 in the count-up (or #7 in the Capitol Countdown) was Awesome!  I didn’t go to Alaska with any expectations, but what I found were plenty of surprises…like a Glacier (more on that later). Ended up having the longest personal tour of a state Capitol so far, and took the most number of pictures, which is probably not a coincidence. This’ll take more than one posting. I didn’t find any igloos […]
October 8, 2012

Olympia, WA – Day 35 / Capitol #43

Washington State is the only state in the union named after a president, but did you know that “Washington” was their second choice for a state name?  (“Columbia” was their first choice, but it was nixed by D. C.  politicians before it, too, adopted the Washington mantle.)  That’s a pretty cool distinction, as is having the largest amount of marble and tallest masonry dome of any state Capitol, as well as the largest bronze Tiffany […]
October 8, 2012

Salem, OR – Day 35 / Capitol #42

Built in 1938, the Oregon State Capitol was only the second one so far that had a cupola instead of a dome on top of it. True to form and, perhaps, mirroring this environmentally-friendly state with votes cast mostly by mail and having two-thirds covered by desert, this capitol was unique. (State Motto: She flies with her own wings. Nickname: the Beaver State. FYI…it is pronounced Or-a- gun.)  Salem, Oregon, even had a unique Walk […]
October 8, 2012

Juneau Empire | ’50 Capitols in 50 Days’ coming to Juneau

An Illinois man who is trying to reach all 50 state Capitol Buildings in 50 days plans to arrive in Juneau Tuesday to recite the Gettysburg Address and take photographs at the Alaska State Capitol at 11 a.m. Mickey Straub set out from Gettysburg, Pa., the site where President Abraham Lincoln delivered the address in November 1863 after a battle between Union and Confederate troops, on Sept. 4. Straub has driven more than 11,000 miles […]
October 3, 2012

Honolulu, HI – Day 30 / Capitol #41

Hawaii is certainly a friendly place…and this was within the first few hours!Hawaii’s Capitol reflects their open, airy culture, having an outdoor courtyard in the middle of the complex.  Pictured are all of Hawaii’s governors since statehood in 1959. The Shaka sign that I’m showing in the Governor’s office expresse…s the Aloha spirit. It was popularized by surfers and is a common gesture of friendship and as one of the locals told me, it is […]
October 2, 2012

Sacramento, CA – Day 29 / Capitol #40

As you would expect, the California Capitol is beautiful!  While similarities exist between Texas’, the white marble exterior make this one stand out.  Though the interior was impressive, it was light on artwork except for the portraits of …Lincoln and Washington in the chambers and all the Governors’ adorning the hallways.  Once again the people I spent time with really made my visit memorable, like the Sargent-atArms staff (Josh, Rich and Lynne), plus the  newscaster […]
October 2, 2012

Carson City, NV – Day 29 / Capitol #39

Probably known best for its famous attractions like Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, Nevada has even more to offer! What a beautiful state…and lots of pictures. I also liked the quote outside of it about the people of Nevada being “grateful to Almighty God.”
October 1, 2012

Boise, ID – Day 28 / Capitol #38

Idaho was certainly a gem! Pardon the pun, since that is one of its nicknames, but it really was.  Recently refurbished, the white marble with black marbling through it was striking. Upon entering the governor’s office, I was told that this… would be the only time that I find an otter, and it was…in Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter’s office. Also prominent, was  George Washington inside and both Abraham Lincoln (largest in the West) and […]