Today our focus was the capitol building. This capitol is relatively new, having been built in the late 1930s and the “wings” added in the 1970s. The previous two capitol buildings were destroyed by fire. Our tour included a walk up 122 stairs to the roof of the building for a close up view of the “golden pioneer” who stands on top. A very knowledgeable guide took us through the House and Senate chambers and the rotunda. From the outside, you don’t really notice a rotunda. Perhaps the roof is flat and only domed on the inside. In any case, there was no lighting from the top of the dome, so the photos were not good. The seal of the state was centered under the dome, as is typical of most capitols we visit. Along the walls of the rotunda, were several murals depicting Oregon’s history.
|Circle of Flags|
|View of Capitol Mall|
|The Golden Pioneer|
|Mural depicting Lewis and Clark Expedition|
We are planning a trip to a nearby state park tomorrow. Waterfalls and hiking are both involved. We are looking forward to that.