Atlanta, Georgia

We joined a 5th grade tour group to tour the Capitol. The guide was very knowledgeable about the way the government was run. She had the children imagine they were participating in making a bill become a law. The building itself was opened on July 4, 1889. Many of the building materials are native to Georgia including several kinds of marble and wood. The outside of the building, however, is constructed of Indiana Limestone, because Georgia marble was too expensive. There are extra large windows that allow visitors see into several of the executive offices. These were put there to highlight the ideal of transparency in government. The design of the Capitol resembles the nations Capitol. This was done to reaffirm Georgia’s ties to the federal government after the Civil War. One of the nicknames of the Capitol is “the peoples house.” There are no private exits out of the building. Elected officials must leave through the public exits. The fourth floor of the Capitol is home to the Georgia Capitol Museum. We learned about the natural and political history of Georgia. One of the most memorable displays was a two headed cow. Miss Freedom stands atop the gilded gold dome (which represents the first US gold rush which happened in Georgia.)

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  1. nancy

    It has been so wonderful to see all the exciting things you are all doing. Iam enjoying all the pictures and learning all about the history of the states you have visited. Thank you so much for sharing in your adventures. Many blessings Nancy

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