Our next Capitol to visit was Denver, Colorado. We will always remember this Capitol because it was under construction. There was scaffolding on the outside and the dome was covered. This building was designed by Elijah Myers and construction lasted for 15 years. It was completed in 1901. The outer walls are made with granite from Gunnison, Colorado. The foundation is made of sandstone from Fort Collins, Colorado. Marble from the town of Marble was used for the floors and beautiful rose onyx from Beulah makes up the wainscoting. Our tour guide pointed out some of the pictures others had found in the rose onyx and encouraged Marcus and Caroline to find some of their own.
The grand staircase is adorned with oak leaves and acorns cast in brass.The dome which is currently under restoration on the outside, can be viewed from below.Through the front of the building you can see the city and county building.We visited the third floor where there were displays about the building of the Capitol. Marcus and Caroline enjoyed voting on a few issues such as the state ice cream and should children be required to wear bicycle helmets.
While we were in Denver we also visited the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with our pass. They had exhibits on Egyptian Mummies and gems of Colorado as well as the ecosystems that make Colorado unique.
For our last stop we went to the Federal Reserve in Denver. We would have liked to visit the mint, but the tours were booked at least a week ahead. At the Federal Reserve we used templates to make our own money and learned what they do with paper money when it is too old. We even got some shredded money!