Saturday, June 8, 2013

Time at the Texas State Capitol - Austin Texas

Today we visited downtown Austin and the State Capitol.  It was really impressive.  The grounds were well laid out and the trees and flowers and grass on the rolling hills were in perfect condition.  The structure itself may be the most beautiful of any state we have visited.

We only visited a few and we hope to get to all of them eventually.

Our first visit was the Capitol Visitor's Center.  That building was built in 1856-1857 and once was the General Land Office building.
The Visitors Center is about 100 yards from the Capitol.  Along the way we met a couple of happy furry friends.
Also along the grounds from one building to the next, we saw some monuments that told some of the history of Texas.
High atop the dome is the statute of the Goddess of Liberty.  On near the South entrance to the capitol we saw:  the Confederate Soldiers monument; the Texas Cowboy; and Terry's Texas Rangers.

Next, we went into the capitol.  The structure itself is huge and palace-like.  The architecture is Italian Renaissance Revival and is built of limestone with the outside structure covered in red granite.
Inside, we first saw a large painting of David (Davy) Crockett (who died at the Alamo)
and statutes of Sam Houston 
and Stephen Austin.
Next, we entered the rotunda.  The floor is
On the terrazzo floor you see the six seals of the United States, Mexico, France, Spain and the Confederacy surrounding the emblem of the Republic of Texas.
Looking skyward is the inside of the massive dome.
On the second floor, we toured the chambers of the Texas House of Representatives
and the Senate
One thing I noticed was the detail work even in the door hinges prominent use of the Lone Star in the Senate lighting and chairs and the rotunda.   
Outside we went back to a couple more monuments. I really liked them all but was particularly impressed with the Confederate Soldiers.
The base of the monument has the Confederate Battles from 1861-1865 which is a history lesson in itself.

Then a more traditional bronze statue work with plaques at the Tejano Monument.
Lots to do and see at the Texas State Capitol.  I was another interesting morning learning about the great State of Texas.

Thanks for joining us! And thanks for leaving a comment.

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful photos of the capitol buildings. Isn't the architecture of these state buildings wonderful?

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    1. It really is! And over the years, the state has come back and had a 'Renovation' a few times to make it even more spectacular.

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  2. We are in Austin at the moment as well. The capitol is a wonderful place to visit. What other exciting things have you seen so far? I have a few suggestions, if are interested.

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    1. We leave tomorrow, but would love to hear suggestions for the next time we are here!

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    2. As far as restaurants go, I would suggest Kerby Lane, Magnolia Grill, and Maria’s Taco Xpress. Great places to swim are Deep Eddy Pool and Barton Springs…Austin has tons of farmer’s markets, the best one I think is downtown, but the other ones are good as well. I hope you enjoyed your time in Austin!

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  3. We loved the State Capitol building as well. It is absolutely gorgeous! Austin is a nice city and we look forward to going back there one day and exploring more of it.

    Ruth
    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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    1. Yes - we need to come back here again. Still lots more to see but our time is up...

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  4. Just amazing the detailed work put into the building. I'd bet many folks get criks in their necks taking in the beauty of the dome.

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    1. I'm sure you are right. There were lots of us doing that...

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  5. Thanks for the great tour, that capitol is still on our wish list:)

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  6. Don't forget the LBJ Library.

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    1. Ha! Great idea - in fact we went by yesterday morning and spent a couple of hours there. Stay tuned for a post about our time there.

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  7. Somewhere in the capital is a display of some of the primitive tools used to build the building. Part of that collection of tools belonged to my Great-grandfather Nels Par. He traveled from Pflugerville, TX to work on that structure. His son, my grandfather, Carl Pearson settled in Elroy, TX which is now home to Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 racetrack.

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    1. Very interesting! I wish we had stayed longer to find it. I love those kinds of details. One thing I didn't mention was the picture/plaque of attendees in the 1838 Texas State Constitutional Convention. I was very surprised to see how many African Americans were pictured. At least 15, maybe more. Another thing I want to learn more about is the European influence/immigration in Texas.

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