Cheyenne, Wyoming


In the Capitol of Wyoming standing in the rotunda looking up at the dome you see stained glass imported from England.  It sparkles with blue, green and purple hues.  On the outside the dome was cover with copper when it was constructed, but it tarnished so much they began to use gold leaf in 1900.  The sandstone for the building came from Rawlins, Wyoming and Fort Collins, Colorado.

The mounted bison on display was raised near Thermopolis.  He weighed about 3000 pounds.The American Bison was designated as the state mammal in 1985.  The first floor has checker board marble floors.  The white tiles are Italian marble and the black tiles are from Wyoming.  We discovered many fossils in the black tiles just like the ones in the Vermont Capitol.

Wyoming currently has 30 Senators, who are elected to four year terms.  There are 60 representatives who come from the 23 counties in Wyoming and are elected every two years.  We enjoyed the murals found in the House and Senate painted by Allen Tupper True.  They portrayed homesteaders, trappers, cattleman, the stagecoach, an Indian chief, a cavalry officer, a pony express rider and the railroad and surveyor builders.  He painted them in 1917 for $500 each.

The columns in the House and Senate show the Corinthian architecture.  In the Legislative Conference room you can see a 1,000 pound chandelier hanging beneath a beautiful four pane stained glass ceiling.  The hinges are unique and were installed during construction.

Hanging in the Legislative Conference Room is a mural painted by Mike Kopriva, a Wyoming Native.  It is entitled “Wyoming, the Land the People, Past and Present.”  We really enjoyed studying this painting.  It showed all things that took place in Wyoming.  We brought a post card with this painting to show Cousin Sue.  She enjoyed looking at it with us.

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  1. windy

    I like the stained glass the fossils and the painting I would like to see them in person.Thanks for posting.

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