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Kansas State Capitol Building, Topeka

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The Kansas State Capitol, known also as the Kansas Statehouse, is the building housing the executive and legislative branches of government for the U.S. state of Kansas. It is located in the city of Topeka, which has served as the capital of Kansas since it became a state in 1861. It is the second building to serve as the Kansas Capitol.
The dome, at 304ft, is taller than the 288ft United States Capitol dome, although its diameter (50ft) is approximately half that of the national capitol (96ft). It is one of the few capitols in the United States that continues to offer tours that go to the top of the dome. Visitors enter the dome by climbing 296 steps leading from the fifth floor to the top.
19th centuryThe land for Capitol Square was donated by Cyrus K. Holliday via his Topeka Town Company in 1862. The master architect was Edward Townsend Mix with the wings designed by John G. Haskell. Construction on the East Wing began in 1866, using "native" limestone from Geary County, Kansas. Construction began on the West Wing in 1879 using limestone from Cottonwood Falls, Kansas and in 1881, the legislature authorized and appropriated funds for the construction of a central building to link the two wings. Construction of this central building began in 1886, and the contract for dome construction was let in May, 1889.
20th centuryThe building was declared officially complete in 1903, after 37 years of construction.
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  • This is an enjoyable attraction to visit. First, entry is through the Visitor Center which is located under the plaza of the Capitol Building. The Visitor Center is the starting point of the tours.....  more
    This is an enjoyable attraction to visit. First, entry is through the Visitor Center which is located under the plaza of the Capitol Building. The Visitor Center is the starting point of the tours.....  more »
  • The building is impressive, the iconic John Brown wall murals, marble, and senate chambers. If you can handle heights go to the top of the dome, the steel spiral staircase suspended in space is an... 
    The building is impressive, the iconic John Brown wall murals, marble, and senate chambers. If you can handle heights go to the top of the dome, the steel spiral staircase suspended in space is an...  more »
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  • The tour was packed with lots of history and interesting facts. There's a library with a glass floor. The entire capitol feels like a museum filled with murals and classical art. The chambers were in session and it felt as if the old days were back alive with the political figures debating in rooms that are filled with a glorious past.
  • This is one of the nicest state capital buildings I have ever been in. Murals on the wall Tell a beautiful story of how Kansas came to be. The interior is spectacular. You can also take a tour up the steps to the dome and look out over the city and surrounding area. There are 292 steps. We did not have time to do that, but if I never back in the area I would definitely schedule time.

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