The corner stone of this Sunset Red granite building was laid in March of 1885. It was designed by Elijah E. Myers. The Goddess of Liberty, holding a star in her left hand, stands on top of the dome. At the visitor center on the grounds there is a telescope which is directed at her. The day we were there we could see an eagle sitting on her left shoulder. What a neat sight.
Life sized statues of Stephen Austin and Sam Houston greet visitors as they enter the building. Replicas to these are displayed in the Nations Capitol.
There is a star in the dome and were many stars throughout the building. The day we were there mnay school groups were touring the Capitol as well. There was even a boys and girls choir preforming Christmas Carols in the rotunda.
This is the first Capitol we visited during Christmas time. We were so happy to see a tree decorated with what else but stars. The 150 member House of Representatives even had star lights on the ceiling.
The 31 Senators hold session here for 140 days every odd numbered year (just like the Representatives.) As you exit the Senate there is a painting titled Dawn at the Alamo. It does not show absolute historical fact but a sweeping view of one of the important battles in the history of Texas.
While we were at the Capitol Visitors Center we learned that Texas’ motto is friendship, their state sport is rodeo, their state snack is the tortilla chip, their state dance is the square dance and we learned about the settlers and land grants. Marcus and Caroline even had fun pretending they were from Texas!
After touring the Capitol we decided to take a bike ride. We rode 10 miles along a trail that runs parallel to the city. Wish it was longer!