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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. Born in 1867 in the path of the transcontinental railroad, the Union Pacific crews arrived as they laid the 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 1869.1886, 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 the contraced 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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  • Is in the middle of a restoration project to be completed sometime in 2017. The capital is closed to the public 
  • My family is really looking forward to visiting the Capitol after the renovations are complete. We missed not visiting the Wyoming Christmas tree this year! 
  • The symbol is iconic of the city and the State, worth visiting it though it is small and is surrounded by parks, nearby there are options of free parking if it does not exceed two hours. The ciodad is very small and is one of the few attractions that has. It is worth visiting it only if it will pass.
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  • Could not get in -- renovation started in 2015. HUGE expansion underway. Could still see the dome. Some of the interesting features around the Capitol, like the Liberty Bell replica, are in disrepair.
  • Very calm place! The site is closed for restoration when we went there, and one local lady told us that the restoration project is about two years.
  • The state capitol is a great representation of Cheyenne and Wyoming's awesomeness. Designed in the late 1890's, it was built to resemble the D.C capitol building. (À It is the tallest habitable building in my hometown at 146ft tall. When I went inside to take a tour, it was nice. The walls were golden brown and the dome was colorful with vivid paintings. You could also see the court room on the second floor and the congressmen in the front working their job. Plus it was in a convenient position for me. ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺😊😊😊😊😊😀😀😀😀😀😁😁😁😁😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😜😜😜😜😜😋😋😋😋👍👍👍👍👍👍
  • I have never had the pleasure of being anywhere near Cheyenne WY but my grandfather was commissioned to apply gold leaf to the dome around 1909 I believe. My grandfather was a Master Painter and Decorator and I guess was very well known for the work that he did. They ventured there for him to complete his work and while there, my uncle was born. They then returned to Ontario, Canada where the rest of their children were born. I would love any information regarding that work he did or pictures of him working on the dome at that time if any are available. It would mean so much to all of us cousins. If anyone reading this can help, it sure would be appreciated. His name was Joseph Augustin Gravelle.
  • Beautiful building, great place to take pictures.