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Kentucky State Capitol Building, Frankfort

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Government Building Tourist Spot
The Kentucky State Capitol is located in Frankfort and is the house of the three branches (executive, legislative, judicial) of the state government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryPrevious buildingsFrom 1792 to 1830, two buildings were used as the capitol, both of which burned completely.In 1830, another capitol was built and was used until 1910. During a bitterly contested 1899 state governor election, Democratic Party claimant William Goebel was assassinated at the capitol on his way to be inaugurated. The need for a larger building for a growing state government resulted in the replacement of that capitol building, which is now a museum operated by the Kentucky Historical Society.Current 1910 buildingIn 1904, the Kentucky General Assembly chose Frankfort (rather than Lexington or Louisville) as the location for the state capital and appropriated $1 million for the construction of a permanent state capitol building, to be located in southern Frankfort. The official ground-breaking was August 14, 1905 and construction was completed in 1909 at a cost of $1,180,434.80. The building was dedicated on June 2, 1910.
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  • Visited while in town and the building is well worth seeing inside. Would recommend people taking an hour out to look through.  more »
  • Surprised it was not easier to locate the place from which tours start and very lame excuses for lack of useful signage at the Old Capitol itself. Maybe it would be better to tour here before visiting...  more »
  • This is one of the most beautiful buildings we have visited. You will be impressed when you enter the main rotunda and see the beautiful marble all around you. The tour was very good, a must do when y...  more »
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  • Best restroom in Kentucky. Will visit again.
  • Pretty cool place to go vist had great time there
  • Staff is very friendly and was easily able to walk around to my legislatures offices for meetings.
  • Stopped in to visit the building on our way back to Ohio from Colorado. My sister collects smashed pennies from different states. They had a machine in the basement. The State Patrol officer at the front door was very friendly and thought we were a bunch of goof balls I am sure. He was very friendly and made the stop even better. We did manage to look around the building before we left and I must say it is a beautiful building.