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State Capitol, Oklahoma City

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The Oklahoma State Capitol is the house of government of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It is the building that houses the Oklahoma Legislature and executive branch offices. It is located along Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City. The present structure includes a dome completed in 2002. The building is a National Historic Landmark.Oklahoma's first capital was Guthrie, Oklahoma, but it moved to Oklahoma City in 1910. Construction began on the Oklahoma State Capitol in 1914 and was completed in 1917. Originally, it housed the judicial branch of Oklahoma, but the state's high courts moved most of their operations to the Oklahoma Judicial Center in 2011, leaving only the Supreme Court Hearing Chamber in the capitol building.The state capitol complex is the only state capitol grounds in the United States with active oil rigs.HistoryEarly capital of Guthrie (1889–1910)Oklahoma's territorial capital and first state capital was located in the city of Guthrie. The settlement of the first state capital began at noon on April 22, 1889, when cannons sounded the start of the Oklahoma land run. The town was designated as the territorial capital in 1890.Move to Oklahoma City and construction (1910–1917)State government officials let voters decide on whether or not to move the capital to Oklahoma City. On June 11, 1910, the state seal was taken from Guthrie and moved south to Oklahoma City, where the Oklahoma State Capitol is located today. Lee Cruce, the second Governor of Oklahoma commissioned the architectural construction of the present day structure. Prior to its construction, state government offices were housed in the Huckins Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.
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  • Other than the scaffolding on one side and the back side, this stunning building made from Indiana limestone is a great place to visit. They have most of the artwork down but the rotunda hall murals a...  more »
  • A good historical site. Though it is difficult to get into an entrance when there is construction, overall it is a beautiful building with lots of history. Security is extremely kind and for the most ...  more »
  • We did a self guided tour of the State Capitol on a Saturday afternoon. There is major updating being completed throughout the building. For weekend tours you enter the the west side. Volunteers will ...  more »
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  • I will be honest I was underwhelmed by the building. The interior is desolate and suspiciously quiet. It was honestly unsettling. Worth to see and visit however even if for novelty factor.
  • Fantastic architecture and beautiful scenery. Traffic is heavy at 4 pm to 6pm around the Capitol.
  • Pretty place for photos at night. The tunnel from the parking lot on the east side has interesting murals in it
  • We went on a Saturday evening just to see The Ten Commandments Monument and we met our objective. It's a wonderful thing to see. I can't believe the courts are trying to have this monument torn down. Besides the monument, the capital is also with seeing from the outside. No interest in a tour though.
  • Great to photograph in night