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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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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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  • Visited a few weeks ago and I was surprised at the beauty of the building. The grounds were also lovely. The paintings and murals are very impressive! Although several areas were off limits due to a r...  more »
  • The building is absolutely beautiful! They are going through renovations so hopefully it'll be better. The main paintings are mostly gone but the art gallery they had was interesting. Fun gift shop al...  more »
  • They are in the midst of major renovation. Not all the areas were open to public. I would wait to visit after the renovation to get a better feel. We were there on a weekend and not many people were a...  more »
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  • Can't hold a candle the Texas State Capital. I was in awe.
  • 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.
  • Pretty place for photos at night. The tunnel from the parking lot on the east side has interesting murals in it
  • Fantastic architecture and beautiful scenery. Traffic is heavy at 4 pm to 6pm around the Capitol.
  • Nice architecture.