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Beautiful State Capitals in the United States

Published by Joe Dorish in Trivia
October 25th, 2009

Can you identify these state capitals in the United States from looking at their beautiful state capitol buildings?

Almost all of the state capitals in the United States have beautiful impressive looking architecturally and historically significant state capitol buildings well worth visiting if you are in the areas.

Here are 12 beautiful photos of state capitol buildings from different state capitals. How many of them do you know?

  1. It took four architects over 32 years to finish this state capitol building and it ended up costing double the money spent on the US Capitol Building in Washington.
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  2. This capitol building was modeled after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome and was completed in 1905 at a cost of $90 million dollars in today’s money. Looks like a bargain to me.
  3. This state capitol building is part of a campus that contains additional buildings like the governor’s mansion and state supreme court buildings which is unusual for most state capitals. This building has been damaged at least 3 times by earthquakes and the dome which used to be secured by gravity alone and subject to movement by earthquakes was finally attached to the rest of the building in 2004Image Source
  4. This lovely state capitol building was designed by a President of the United States and built along the lines of an Ancient Roman Temple.
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  5. This is one of the least impressive state capitol buildings you will ever see and is in probably the least visited capital city in the country. It’s understandable given its location and if you look closely you can probably see where it is. The building was designed by the Treasury Department and originally used by the Federal Government.
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  6. This state capitol’s center dome has real 23-karat gold sheeting lining its outside that is sealed and protected from the weather.
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  7. This state’s capitol building today is a 20 plus story building that was built in the late 1970’s behind the state’s old capitol building which dates back to 1845 (both are pictured below old in front of new). The state almost tore down the old capitol building but it was saved and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  8. You probably have to live in this state or be a real political nut to know this but this state capitol building houses the largest state legislative body in the nation with over 400 House members.

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  9. This state’s original capitol building is a state museum today and on the National Register of Historic Places but due to the inadequacy of the new state government buildings where reportedly even the toilets do not work properly the legislature is seriously considering reclaiming parts of the old building for its own uses. Central planning at its best.Image Source
  10. This state capitol building has its designer William Strickland entombed in its northeast wall as Strickland died 5 years before the building was completed in 1859. Strickland modeled the Greek Revival building after a Greek Ionic temple.
  11. This impressive looking building is the only state capitol in the country that has active oil wells on its grounds. In fact this capitol building sits on top of a big oil field.Image Source
  12. This state capitol building was completed in 1917 and is the sixth capitol building in this state’s history and third capitol building constructed in the state’s present day capital. In 2006 this state capitol building’s 95 foot long 9,000 pound chandelier crashed to the floor during maintenance. It was repaired at a cost of more than $500,000 and raised back up 1 year later.

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  1. Albany, New York
  2. Saint Paul, Minnesota
  3. Olympia, Washington
  4. Richmond, Virginia
  5. Juneau, Alaska – you cannot drive to this capital city.
  6. Des Moines, Iowa
  7. Tallahassee, Florida
  8. Concord, New Hampshire – ironic this small sparsely populated “Live Free or Die” State has the largest legislative body in the nation.
  9. Phoenix, Arizona – the most populated state capital in the United States.
  10. Nashville, Tennessee – only the Music City would entomb its state capitol designer.
  11. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – the Oklahoma City Oil Field is under the Capitol.
  12. Jefferson City, Missouri

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  1. Posted October 25, 2009 at 5:32 am

    I got 8 out of twelve right! Thanks for your trivia. :-)

  2. Posted October 25, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Wow, such impressive capitol buildings.

  3. Posted October 25, 2009 at 9:37 am

    all in classical style…lovely building

  4. Posted October 25, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Nice one…

  5. Posted October 25, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    very good job & good luck

  6. Posted October 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    very impressive. wonderfull article. i love those pictures.
    stay up,

  7. Posted October 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Very informative article and very nice pictures of these state capitols. I like this kind of info as I enjoy geography of all things.

  8. Posted October 25, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    This is an illuminating article with magnificent pictures. I loved it! I know only 5 of them, they are all very beautiful. Saint Paul, Juneau, Olympia, Jefferson City are my favorite.
    Thank you so much and I will bookmark your work.

  9. Posted October 25, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Nice article and such beautiful buildings…

  10. Posted October 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    You could only drive to Juneau if you lived there :)

    I got 11 out of 12 right, great read :)

  11. Posted October 25, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I didn’t have a clue, but some beautiful buildings and great trivia!

  12. Posted October 26, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Too bad for me, only got three.LOL. A very interesting piece.

  13. Posted October 26, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Joe, those are fabulous what more can you say.

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