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Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Old State Capitol in Historic Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky

Kentucky was admitted as the 15th state in the Union on June 1, 1792.  Frankfort was chosen as the Capital city on December 5, 1792.

Kentucky's Old State
Capitol & Old Capitol

This is Kentucky's third State Capitol, completed in 1830.  The first State Capitol was destroyed in 1813.  Again, fire razed the and the second State Capitol, another wood structure, in 1824.

This statue commemorates
 William Goebel's service to
 Kentucky as State Senator,
Senate President &

William Goebel as the Democratic nominee for Governor and lost the general election to Republican William Taylor on November 7, 1999, by a narrow margin.  The Democratic Party contested the election and Goebel received death threats.  He was shot on January 30, 1900, while entering the State House.  The Democratic controlled legislature declared Goebel the winner of the election.  Three days after being named Governor, Goebel died of his wounds, on February 3, 1900.


completed 1830 was the seat
of the state's power until 1910.

The first two State Capitols, built of wood, burned down.  

Restored to what it looked
like in 1850, the Old State
Capitol is open for guided

This is a shot of the Old
State Capitol from
Ann Street.

The cupola is best seen
from a distance.

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