|Topeka, Kansas Capitol|
|Bob walking up to Topeka, Kansas Capitol|
Construction of the Capitol began in 1866. Thirty-seven years later it was completed at a cost of 3.2 million. (Where did all that money come from??) The building was made with Kansas limestone and the outside of the dome is covered with copper sheeting. [Factoids: (1) The copper on the dome would make 2,350,746 pennies!! (2) The outer copper dome extends approximately 75 feet above the glass inner dome. (3) The inner dome is composed of 256 glass panels; each is 1/2" thick. (4) The bronze statue of the Kansa warrior, Ad Astra, was placed on the top of the dome in 2002. It is 22' 2" tall and weighs 4,420 pounds. (5) Ad Astra received its name from the state motto: Ad Astra per Aspera, "To the stars through difficulties." (6) The dome is open for free guided tours Monday through Friday.]
We would have loved to take the tour up into the dome, but they only offer it Monday through Friday. No self-guided tours up there. Drat!
|Copper dome topped by Ad Astra|
|Pioneer Women memorial|
|Abraham Lincoln statue|
|Replica of an old poster|
|Look how thick those limestone walls are|
|The ground floor houses history|
|This limestone provides the needed support for the building.|
|Marble stairs, copper bannisters|
|Stairs heading up on the Dome Tour|
|North dome mural: Plenty with Labor on the left and|
Agriculture on the right
|Inner glass dome allows natural light to filter into the building|
|Rotunda Mural: Arrival of the Railroad |
by David H. Overmyer, a Topeka native
|Surrounded by copper and marble|
All the guided historic Capitol tours are Monday through Friday, but you can take a self-guided tour on Saturdays. The building is closed on Sunday. There is so much more to see. We highly recommend seeing the Kansas state Capitol!
You can also see Janice's take on the Topeka Capitol here.
When we finished the Capitol and the Volksmarch, we headed back to Lake Shawnee Park, battened down the hatches on the 5th wheel and got ready to head out. Janice and David weren't in so, since we couldn't give them good-bye hugs, we wrote them a thank-you note, hopped in the truck and heard a horn honk. Janice and Dave had returned from their visit to the Topeka Capitol.
We did exchange good-bye/see ya later hugs. Janice and Dave told us the Iowa State Fair Campground would be a good place to stay for our Des Moines, Iowa visit and then we were off to Des Moines.
|Janice and Dave outside their spot at Lake Shawnee Park|
|One last photo of our site before we hit the road.|
|Bunny eating "salad bar" behind our rig.|
|Our beautiful site|
|The scenery at the campground|
|Groundhog stuffing its face with acorns.|
|Another view of our site at Iowa State Fair Campground.|
|And a pretty bird to sing us a lullaby.|