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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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  • August 9, 2017
    The building is undergoing a renovation. Paintings and statuary have been removed from most areas to protect from vibration/dust. Currently a lot of empty halls. The chambers were open for viewing. Ni...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Capitol with new dome and Native Sculpture on outside and former dome paintings on inside create interest !  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    It looks from every part of the city. Unobstructed Highway extending north and South from the State Government according to State Government, but looks good. Turn on the inside through the security check. Check staff was smiling. Inside you can watch free tour area, you can appreciate the laid back. Area is an area of roughly located in the central part of the building. Directly under the dome is in the stairwell. Huge paintings and stained-glass Windows, symbolizes the history of Oklahoma. It has a wonderful marble staircase was also the toilet wall was marble. Free, so carefully and watch the hours in advance.
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  • May 18, 2017
    Can't hold a candle the Texas State Capital. I was in awe.
  • November 15, 2016
    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.
  • July 9, 2016
    Pretty place for photos at night. The tunnel from the parking lot on the east side has interesting murals in it
  • September 1, 2016
    Fantastic architecture and beautiful scenery. Traffic is heavy at 4 pm to 6pm around the Capitol.
  • April 28, 2017
    Nice architecture.

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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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