Lansing, Michigan

Our next Capitol was Lansing, Michigan.  On Sunday we drove to the Eaton County Fairgrounds in Charlotte, Michigan.  We truly enjoy staying at fairgrounds.  It was only $15 for water and electric.  We took a walk to the small downtown area.  On the way back we noticed a theater that was playing Planes.  We decided to take Cloe home and come back for the 4:30 show.  Tickets were only $3 each!  We walked back to the fairgrounds, had dinner and worked on some projects outside.  We were happy to meet the campers next door.  They also had a Newmar RV.  Our next stop is the Newmar factory and they told us all about what to expect.  We really do meet so many nice people on the road.  The next morning we headed to the Capitol.

This building was designed by Elijah Myers who also designed the Texas and Colorado Capitols.  It was dedicated in 1879.  It was used hard over the years and a restoration was completed in 1992.  The wood in the building appears to be walnut, but really it is pine and just painted to look like rich walnut.  It takes seven layers of paint to achieve this look.  The columns appear to be marble, but again artists are able to fool you.  They are really painted cast iron.  The inner dome is magical. Just below the center oculus are eight muses representing art, agriculture, law, science, commerce and education . The floor of the rotunda is made of 976 pieces of glass and it is looks as if you are walking on air.

There are 110 members of the House of Representatives.  They serve two year terms.  The Senate has 38 member who are elected every four years.  Both chambers are very colorful.  The desks were designed by Myers and at the time of the construction cost $13.65 each which was a lot of money then.  The coffered ceilings have the coat of arms of all fifty states.

The chandeliers in building have an elk and a shield design.  The long drop clock has been in the same location since 1886 and it still keeps time.

We found many fossils throughout the Capitol.  We just love searching for them.  The grand staircases are made of cast iron manufactured in Pennsylvania.  Michigan’s Capitol is an excellent example of painted decorative arts from the Victorian era.

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