Boise, Idaho


We rode our bikes about six miles on the greenbelt to get downtown. This path is great, paved, right along the river and not one traffic crossing. We parked out bikes at the bike racks near the green belt and walked a few blocks to the Capitol. On this day the Capitol was not busy. We stopped in the gift stop to stamp our Capitol book and pick up a magnet. There are no tours offered when they are not in session so we picked up the self guided tour book.


This building was constructed in 1905. John Tourtellotte designed the Capitol to use light shafts and reflective marble to add an enlightened glow. We made sure to take a look at the Doric,Corinthian and Ionic columns throughout the building. This Capitol has a lot scagliola or surfaces painted to look like marble. There is also real marble from Georgia, Alaska, Vermont and Italy.


We learned about the Great Seal of Idaho with its motto, Esto Perpetua, May it endure forever. At the top of the rotunda there are thirteen large stars for the thirteen original colonies and forty three smaller stars representing Idaho as the 43rd state.

The legislature meets from January till March each year. There are 70 members of the House and 35 members of the Senate. The color scheme in the Senate is red and the House of Representative is blue to mimic the U. S. Capitol.


On the fourth floor there is a statue of President George Washington and a replica of Winged Victory of Samathrace.


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