The quest for statehood began in 1869 when Wyoming became a U. S. Territory and petitioned Congress to become a state. It took another 11 years when in 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the bill for statehood, making Wyoming the 44th state.
The Territorial Legislature authorized construction on the building in 1886 and work began one year later. The building is classically designed resembling the Corinthian style architecture of the U.S. Capitol.
Near the entrance, a statute of Chief Washakie, the State seal, and a statue of Esther Hobart.
Wyoming is known as the "Equality State" because of it embraced women's voting rights early in their state history.
In 1869, the territorial legislature enacted a woman's right to vote and became the world's first government to do so. A few months later, Ester Hobart, became the first woman to serve as Justice of the peace. In 1925, Nellie Ross became the first woman governor elected in the United States.
Inside, there a number of inviting historical and historical displays throughout the hallways.
Next, we went upstairs to the waiting area of the House of Representatives, looked at the Tiffany Skylight in the House Chambers and got a feel for the work areas/desks of the representatives.
While we were there, Representative Sam Zwonitzer was getting some work done. He told us about the $100 million renovation planned for the next 3 years and answered a lot of questions.
On the other side of the capitol are the Senate Chambers
Outside in the hallway, the arches and ceiling area where full of more beautiful detail.
A view of the building from a distance.
The Wyoming State Capitol was a good stop! It was a beautiful, lively building which was inviting and interesting.
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