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State Capitol, Oklahoma City

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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  • I’m an advocate in the Oklahoma City area, so I’ve become a regular at the state capitol. But the millions of dollars in renovations have made this beautiful building more than a place for keeping pol...  more »
  • I liked it better before we wasted tax dollars on the dome. It still has an interesting interior filled with bits of Oklahoma's history.  more »
  • Have visited the capitol a few times. However, probably not the best time to visit due to construction. I would not recommend until the remodel is done.  more »
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  • Pretty place with great architecture and art. Definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately, nearly every politician who works in this building needs to be absolutely fired and banned from future public service.
  • Nice place to visit. It was under construction so we missed out on seeing most of the art work usually on display. It was nice being able to do the self guided tour.
  • One of the nicer state capitol buildings I have seen. Spacious hallways, beautiful rooms, and great tours. They probably should add tours or have brochures in more languages because of the Route 66 tourism- I saw some German tourists disappointed that there was no information in German.
  • One of the more interesting buildings in OKC, but it seems to have been forgotten by most people. Take a chance to just go walk around now before the entire building is restored. Should be an amazing transformation after the extensive restoration is complete.
  • What a beautiful building! It's so sad that I couldn't see it entirely because some areas are still under restoration.

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Where to stay in Oklahoma City

To stay in the thick of tourist action, book a room at a hotel located in Oklahoma City's downtown area. Hotels in this part of town and the adjacent Bricktown neighborhood offer every comfort of home plus many extras, including 24-hour room service, indoor swimming pools, workout facilities, and on-site restaurants. Quiet neighborhoods just a short drive from downtown feature cozy bed and breakfasts and small motels that are less expensive. Many offer rooms with access to fully equipped kitchens and private outdoor spaces.
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