We camped at the Lancaster Event Center. We only had electrical hookup and it was $25. A bit expensive, but it was right on the greenbelt which connected us to downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. We took a couple rides on the trail. It was an eight mile ride to the Capitol.
Nebraska is very proud of their Capitol! This fourteen story Capitol has some of the most impressive and diverse art work we have seen. The interior shows the life on the Nebraska plains and the connection of man and nature. When the building was completed in 1932, the building, which cost $9.8 million, was paid for in full.
Everywhere you look in this building there is a story to tell. The ceilings were ornately decorated. Our tour guide helped us interpret each story. In fact the tour guide was more of an interpreter of the Capitols story than a guide. It was a very memorable tour.
The floors in the Capitol were no less impressive. The architect who designed the Nebraska State Capitol was Bertram Goodhue. Hildreth Meiere designed all the floor and ceiling mosaics. This is a Capitol you need to see to appreciate!
The murals in the Capitol were added later, but are as amazing as the rest of the building.
Our tour guide told us about George W. Norris who was largely responsible for the state’s Unicamerial system. Yes that is right. They are the only state without a House of Representatives and Senate. They only have one governing body.
At the top, 250 feet in the air, is the Memorial Chamber. You can go outside and see the 360 degree panoramic view.