We took one of the best Capitol tours in Salt Lake City. They offer public tours every hour so even though we had to wait for a while it was well worth it. We really appreciated the informative, former school teacher volunteer as she described this colorful building. She first showed us a pair of shoes that were found in the wall during the 2004 renovation. They believe they were placed by the builders for good luck. At that time they installed base isolators to protect the building against earthquakes.
The statues in the niches in the rotunda depict important values in Utah culture. The dome is 165 feet tall. Sea gulls (the state bird) are painted on the sky in the dome. Marcus remembered reading about the seagulls in one or our nightly devotions and in a book Miss Lisa gave us, United Tweets of America. In 1848 hoards of crickets were destroying crops in Utah. The California gulls appeared and saved the crops by eating the crickets.
There are 75 House members each representing about 35,000 people. We enjoyed hearing about all of the inspirational art in the Capitol. The stars in this chamber are pointing down signifing the heavens are looking down on the law makers.
In the Senate there are 29 members elected to four year terms. They meet each year for 45 days beginning in January. The murals in this room show the history of Utah.
This is a Capitol we will not soon forget! Both because of it’s beauty and because of the terrific volunteer who showed us her Capitol.