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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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  • My husband and I visited the capital building on our cross country trip. The capital was nice, if difficult to get to. The government office are all around it and the roads circling the buildings are ...  more »
  • Entering this building and thinking about the history that has been carried inside the walls is amazing. Be sure to arrange for a free guide to enhance the value of the walk-through! 
  • I've been to a couple of dozen state capitol buildings around the country. This one, though, is the only one with an oil well in the parking lot. Welcome to Oklahoma City. The capitol offers quite a w...  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