* Hartford, Connecticut *
To start off 2011, my father and I went to Connecticut's capitol building is
visit some historic sites in Connecticut. The constructed of marble and
state's capitol was our first stop. granite, taken from quarries in
East Cannan, Connecticut and
Westerly, Rhode Island.
* Indianapolis, Indiana *
Completed in 1888, this building serves as Corydon, Indiana was the state's very first
the state capitol of Indiana. capital. The structure that was used as its
first statehouse still stands.
* Des Moines, Iowa *
* Topeka, Kansas *
The snow-covered state capitol of Iowa. A Inside the capitol is a large model of the
group of pioneer statues stand in front, gazing USS Iowa. The actual ship was sponsored
out toward downtown Des Moines. by Ilo Wallace, the wife of Vice President
Henry Wallace. Both were from Iowa.
By the time we reached the state capitol in We returned the next day and
Topeka, it was dusk. ventured inside. Here I am with
a statue of Kansas native Amelia
* Frankfort, Kentucky *
Kentucky's state capitol, as seen from the Architect Frank M. Andrews designed the
grave of pioneer Daniel Boone. structure. It was built in 1905.
* Augusta, Maine *
Before heading up to see Hannibal Hamlin's The rear of the capitol. Across the street
final resting place, we stopped in Augusta to from the building is the Blaine House,
visit Maine's state capitol. where the state's governor resides.
* Boston, Massachusetts *
Across from the Boston Common is the Bay A statue of John Kennedy on the
State's capitol. The entrance is flanked by grounds of the capitol. Kennedy
sculptures of education reformer Horace represented Massachusetts in
Mann and Senator Daniel Webster. I am the both houses of Congress before
very tiny figure at the front gate. he ascended to the presidency.
* Lansing, Michigan *
"Michigan's present state capitol A photo of the structure's dome.
building was first dedicated in
1879 at the inaugural ceremony
of Governor Charles M. Croswell,"
says this sign, located on its
* Concord, New Hampshire *
That tiny figure in this photograph Built by Stuart J. Park, this is
is me standing underneath a giant the oldest state house "in which
arch at New Hampshire's state a legislature meets in its original
house in Concord. chambers."
* Trenton, New Jersey *
New Jersey's state house resides in Trenton. Outside the New Jersey State
House. We were in a rush to
visit as many historic sites as
possible that day, so we did not
* Albany, New York *
New York's capitol building was undergoing Not having time to venture inside the
construction when I visited in spring 2010. building, I was satisfied with getting
photos of the exterior alone.
* Columbus, Ohio *
If you can make out the details of this photo, One of the historical markers that surround
you will see that I am standing outside the the building.
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.
* Harrisburg, Pennsylvania *
When I visited the Pennsylvania Its beautiful interior, however, looked
State Capitol in April of 2010, the pristine. This photo is of the dome.
building's exterior was undergoing
* Providence, Rhode Island *
My family and I had the privilege Here I am inside the state house, in a room
to take a tour inside the Rhode that resembles a courtroom.
Island State House in Providence
* Nashville, Tennessee *
Just a few dozen yards away from In addition to President Polk's
President James Polk's grave is the grave, Tennessee's state capitol
Tennessee State Capitol. has memorials to the state's
other two presidents on the
premises. Andrew Jackson's
statue is shown above.
* Austin, Texas *
* Montpelier, Vermont *
Texas' state capitol is 308 feet George W. Bush, who served as
in height, making it taller than the Texas' governor from 1995 to
U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. 2000, has been honored by
having his portrait hung in the
rotunda of the state house.
This beautiful building is Vermont's state A statue of Ethan Allen, a hero
capitol, located in the city of Montpelier. in the Revolutionary War and a
resident of Vermont.
* Madison, Wisconsin *
Col. Hans Christian Heg, leader of the 15th The capitol building is the tallest
Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment during the structure in the entire city. The
Civil War, has been immortalized with a statue statue at its top was made by
outside the capitol in Madison. Daniel Chester French, noted for
sculpting Abraham Lincoln for
his memorial in Washington, D.C.