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State Capitol, Oklahoma City

Categories: Government Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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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  • Very friendly people at the visitor's center, a good and interesting tour of the Capitol with some fine little facts not always available to non-locals. 
  • I enjoy going through the Capitol building, seeing the changes that are taking place as the renovation continues. There are two entrances, on the East or West sides. 
  • I recommend walking around the outside of the Capitol before going inside. You will see stunning sculptures, historical oil wells, significant memorials and Oklahoma's own version of the UN. Here's wh...  read more »
  • 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
  • This is not about the Capitol Building. It is about the placement of the Capitol Bldg. Telephone number under what appaears to many people to be the telephone number for the Oklahoma Health Department. who ever reads this and is responsible for the placement of this number please call Bill Parks @ 521-3356
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