California State Capitol

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We have visited approximately one-half of the state capitol buildings in the United States, however, until now we had not made the effort to visit the California Capitol.  During our summer visit to Lake Tahoe, we took a short “vacation” to the San Francisco Bay area.  On our way to the bay, we stopped in Sacramento to tour the Capitol.

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Cheyenne, WY

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We chose to spend the Labor Day holiday period in Cheyenne, WY, the capital city for Wyoming.  In Cheyenne, we were parked at A.B. Camping.

Downtown Cheyenne

The location that became Cheyenne, was originally the site chosen as the point at which the Union Pacific Railroad would cross Crow Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River.  Once the railroad was completed, Cheyenne grew rapidly.  Today, Cheyenne is still a very important rail hub.  In Holliday Park you can see one of the eight surviving world’s largest steam locomotives, nicknamed “Big Boy”.

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Greensboro, MD

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This stop put us in the upper central Delmarva peninsula.  If you’re not familiar with this name, it is a peninsula that includes pieces of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.  Delaware has the east side with the Delaware River and Delaware Bay separating it from New Jersey.  Maryland occupies the west side with the Chesapeake Bay alongside and Virginia snagged a piece of the southern tip.  From here we made day trips to Dover, DE, St. Michael’s, MD, and Rehoboth Beach, DE.

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Salt Lake City, UT

We spent two nights in Draper, UT, which we used as an opportunity to do a one day tour of Salt Lake City (pics).  We began our tour by visiting the Utah State Capitol Building.  It was first constructed in the early 1900’s and opened for business in 1916.  Like so many state capitol buildings, it has undergone significant renovation, in this case between 2004 and 2008, in order to upgrade the building’s foundation to help safeguard it against the risk of earthquakes and to restore the original beauty and artwork of the Capitol.

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Oregon State Capitol

The Oregon State Capitol is located in the city of Salem which is only about 45 miles south of Portland.  This is a working building that houses state executive offices as well as chambers for both branches of the legislature.

Oregon State Capitol and grounds

On February 14, 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state to be admitted to the United States.  The current Capitol building was constructed from 1936 to 1938.  It is the third structure to serve as the Capitol, both of the earlier buildings were destroyed by fire.