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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Touring the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky

Completed in 1910, Kentucky's
with a 90 foot dome.

Pinwheels for Prevention is a campaign to prevent child abuse and neglect in Kentucky.

Eric & Kentucky's giant
ball of rubber bands.

The Visitor Information
Desk has many brochures
for attractions in
the state.

Eric and I will join a group of fifth and sixth graders touring the Capitol.

The Rotunda has simple,
clean lines.

The apex of the Rotunda is 180 feet above the first floor, where I am standing.

It changes colors....


This statue of Abraham Lincoln.
Kentucky's most famous citizen,
& 16th President stands directly
beneath the Rotunda.

A statue of Kentucky native, Jefferson Davis, stands on the periphery of the rotunda's open space. Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederate States of America.  Lincoln and Davis were opposing leaders during America's Civil War.

One of the Capitol's two
Grand Staircases.

I am falling in love with this building.

We enter the State

This room was modeled after
the Grand Salons of Europe.

Visitors stand between the
at the optical illusion
 the mirrors create.

The Governor will hold
a Press Conference 
later today in this

meets in the State Capitol.

The hand carved mahogany
& reflective ceiling make
the room resplendent.

The Supreme Court reviews all Capital cases.  It hears appeals of cases from Kentucky's lower courts.

Skylights illuminate the
House of Representatives.

The room is simply

One hundred Representatives serve for two year terms.

The Representatives' Roll Top
Desks were constructed for
this Capitol.

The desks have been restored and alterations were made to allow for today's technologies. Some desks have commemorative plaques... James E. Bruce served in the House of Representatives for 42 years.

This is the view across the
Capitol on the third floor.

Natural lighting illuminates
the opulent, columned

Kentucky's thirty-eight Senators serve four year terms.  

The plaque commemorates
Thelma Stovall's service to
Kentucky as Lieutenant
Governor & Secretary
of State.

John Sherman Cooper
served as US Senator
& US Diplomat.

founder of Kentucky Fried
Chicken, is a revered

This quilt, titled Breeze,
is on display to promote
the National Quilt Museum
in Paduchah.

Kentucky's State Capitol rates very highly in my informal assessment of state capitols.  The Wisconsin State Capitol, the Iowa State Capitol and the Nebraska State Capitol are are beautiful, and very different from each other.... domed or not.

As a native New Yorker, the New York State Capitol is very special to me...  I was a frequent visitor throughout my life AND my grandfather and uncle worked on refurbishing projects in the building in the late 1940s.

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