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Wyoming State Capitol, Cheyenne

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The Wyoming State Capitol is the state capitol and seat of government of the U.S. state of Wyoming. Built between 1886 and 1890, the capitol is located in Cheyenne and contains the chambers of the Wyoming State Legislature and well as the office of the Governor of Wyoming. It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark during 1987.HistoryThe construction of the capitol began prior to Wyoming gaining statehood. Cheyenne was born in 1867 in the path of the transcontinental railroad, when the Union Pacific crews arrived to lay tracks westward. Cheyenne soon laid claim to a higher status than older Wyoming settlements such as those at Fort Laramie, Fort Bridger, and the mining town of South Pass City, changing Cheyenne from a village to a city in a matter of months. The seat of the new Territorial government was established in Cheyenne in 1869.In 1886, the Ninth Territorial Legislative Assembly authorized construction of the State Capitol. A five-member commission, appointed by Governor Francis E. Warren, was charged with the selection and purchase of the site, selection of an architect and accepting the lowest bids for construction of the building. The commission chose the firm of David W. Gibbs & Company, Architects, to draw plans and specifications. These were accepted in July 1886 and a contract issued to the lowest bidder, Adam Feick & Brothers, who broke ground on September 9, 1886.The Tenth Territorial Legislative Assembly convened in the unfinished building. The two small wings on the east and west were completed in 1890. Crowded conditions persisted with the growth of the state and in 1915 the Thirteenth legislature approved the construction of the House and Senate Chambers, which were completed in March 1917.
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  • Outwardly interesting like many other Capitol Building, with its beautiful dome; pity that, because of the ongoing work in the building, it was not possible to visit it! Strange, because in other cities we happened to find renovations going on but that did not prevent access to visitors. MAh! Too bad!
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  • We walked around this lovely and grand State Capitol that is having major renovations. It has been closed for some time and still will be for awhile. We took photos and noticed the replica Liberty Bel...  more »
  • This was one of our must sees on our USA road trip so disappointed that it was closed for significant renovation .We are sure it will look great when it is finished.  more »
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  • This could quite possibly be the grandest structure in the State of Wyoming. Rich in history with its architecture as well as its political history. At the time these photos were taken the structure was being rehabilitated. These photos show the nearly completed scaffolding as they prepare to repair and replace badly damaged areas in and on the dome.
  • Typical dome style architecture for a state capitol building. At the time of my visit, looked like a restoration project was underway. I was a tourist as I was passing through to Casper to see the solar eclipse. I am visiting every state capitol. As you can see from the pictures, it's a beautiful capitol building. Well worth the visit!
  • Should be nice and pretty once its all said and done, assisted in the scaffold erection!
  • Its currently being renovated, be sure to stop by towards the end of 2018
  • Beautiful historic building! Currently under renovation. Expected open early 2019.
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