So, we were still hungry and no other restaurants were in sight. What was in sight was Lincoln's Capitol.
After we went inside, we shopped in the Gift Shop. Susan asked the clerk if there was a cafe in the building. Turns out there was and we made our way there post haste. Lunch was simple but good.
I was more interested in seeing the interior of the Capitol than Susan and Darren. While they finished their lunch, I took off and told them I'd meet them in 15 minutes.
|Lincoln, Nebraska Capitol - "The Tower on the Plains"|
|Doors to a mysterious room--|
no indication of what was in there
The figure atop the OUTSIDE of the Capital Dome is the Sower, as in sower of seeds.
|Looking up to the rotunda|
The Foyer floor: Past, Present and Future Life on the Plains. On the floor: Earth Mother provides Nebraskans with food, water, and agricultural riches. The prehistoric life of Nebraska winds around Soil, Water, Fire, and Air in a circuitous design.
The three floor medallions in the foyer represent the earth and its plant and animal life.
|Floor medallion in the Foyer|
|Venetian glass wall mural|
A big surprise was the Memorial Chamber on the 14th floor. I had no problem roaming around on my own. I found the elevator to go up on my first try. When I stepped off the elevator I felt like I was in a maze. You see, there are passageways with steps up and down that lead to the observation decks. Then there are dark passageways to the interior of the Memorial Chamber.
Here is what the brochure says about the Memorial Chamber:
"Amber glass and black marble create a dignified chamber where public heroism is honored. Italian Porto Oro marble panels rise up between the eight murals. The Vermont Verde Antique marble walls are trimmed with Belgian black marble. The blue and gold Guastavino tile dome symbolizes the dome of the sky above the plains of Nebraska with a red and gold sunburst shining 70 feet above the floor. The star-like chandelier, formed by interlocking tetrahedrons, features corn and sunflower motifs. Two bronze plaques memorialize those who fell in the Civil War; Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and the 1868 Memorial Day Proclamation. A third plaque honors slain president John F. Kennedy. Abraham Lincoln's final words from his second inaugural address form the gilt-on-marble border beneath the murals."
|View of downtown from the observation deck|
|Memorial Chamber dome with|
|Honors generations of Nebraskans|
who served in the U.S. military
|Citizen sandbagging crew helping their neighbors|
|1879 Omaha trial of Ponca Chief Standing Bear|
|View of railroad yard from observation deck|
|Looking down a Capitol hallway|
|On the floor between Foyer and Vestibule|
|Art deco lights|
|A better photo of the Rotunda|
|St. Mary's Catholic Church|
|Another exterior view of Lincoln's Capitol|
|Great quote over one Capitol entrance door|
|Art work on a building|
|Beautiful, big trees providing shade|
|"Reveille," by Wayne Southwick, M.D.|
|Sunken Garden from above|
|"Rebekah at the Well,"|
by David R. Young (2005)
|The Great Platte River Road Archway|
|Me and Susan in front of the|
Lincoln Highway signpost
|Oregon Trail diorama|
If you are tired of sitting as you travel across I-80, stop in at this wonderful attraction. Your admission includes a headset and you go through the Archway at your own pace. It usually takes about an hour. There is a lot of history to read and lots to listen to in your headset. Outside, across the pond, you can walk to see a Plains Indian sod ceremonial chamber and other buildings.
As soon as we finished at the Archway, we hopped in the car for our long drive to Pierre, South Dakota. Somewhere along the way, about 8:00 p.m., we stopped at Subway for dinner.
Driving through rolling hills and grasslands, our car startled many ring-necked pheasants out from the sides of the road. We also saw our first pronghorn antelope!
Massive dark clouds were north of us and we had a lightning show as we headed into Pierre. Somehow we missed most of the rain, only a few light showers moistened the van. Our arrival time into Pierre was 10:00 p.m. This was a long day...too long! (We had left Belleville, Kansas at 8:00 a.m.)
Our trip is awesome so far. It's just going to get better. I hope you made it to the end of this day's two-part blog. Travelbug out.