Salem, Oregon

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This is the third Capitol building constructed in Oregon.  The first two burned in 1855 and 1935.

This Modern Greek building was completed in 1938.

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The dome rises 106 feet above the floor.  It features 33 stars for this 33rd state.

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There is a large replica of the state seal in the center of the rotunda.

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Four beautiful paintings surround the rotunda which is made of Rose Travertine from Montana.

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The 60 member House of Representative was in session on the day we visited.  We watched the special opening ceremonies which were led by bagpipes and a tribute to fallen fire fighters of Oregon.  It was an amazingly moving experience.  We sat next to a friendly senior advocate who also volunteered the air and space museum, which he suggested we also visit.  Marcus and Caroline were glad to trade stories with him discussing Capitols we have all visited.

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We also stopped in the 30 member Senate chambers.  The painting behind the Senate President’s desk shows a street scene in Salem when the news of Oregon’s admission to the Union was received in 1859.

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We enjoyed the sculpture “Parade of Animals” on the Capitol grounds.

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