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South Dakota State Capitol:

The South Dakota State Capitol building was constructed between 1905 and 1910. It is a scaled down version of the Montana State capitol building. Extensive restoration began in the 1970s and continues to this day, providing the building with lasting significance and beauty. There is a self guided tour script available.

Did a short visit today and will come back tomorrow as the girls want the STATE CAPITOL pass book, so they can get it stamped. Came here after the depot stop and lunch at Guadalajara Mexican restaurant.

South Dakota State Capitol:

This was day 2 visiting the capitol building. We checked out the memorials that they have down by the small lake outside the capitol building. The capital has beautiful grounds and the building is amazing. Governor Noem, the first lady governor of the state, was not in town today, so we were not able to meet her.

There are wonderful monuments and memorials near the capitol like the Fighting Stallions Memorial, honoring eight South Dakotans, including Governor George Mickleson, who died in a plane crash in 1993.

The state's World War II Memorial is set on a peninsula built into Capitol Lake and consists of 6 bronze figures representing the military branches in which South Dakotans served.

Facing the WWll Monument is the Korean War Memorial, a wall bearing the names of the state's fallen heroes.

The Flaming Fountain Memorial features a flowing artesian well and provides a centerpiece for the war memorials. This warm-water Fountain flows into Capitol Lake, keeping the water open year-round and providing a welcome resting place for migratory waterfowl.

Nearby memorials also honor the state's fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers.

Completed in 1910, the Capitol is stunning with its dramatic murals, stained glass, elaborate tile work and collections of sculpture and art. The Capitol building is open to visitors from 8am to 7pm, Monday thru Friday.

The South Dakota State Capitol Building was constructed between 1905 and 1910. The more than 114,000 square foot structure was constructed of a variety of materials including native fieldstone, Indiana limestone, and Vermont and Italian marble. The structure is 161 feet tall, 190 feet wide, and 292 feet long, and features hundreds of hand-crafted materials including carved woodwork and marble, special cast brass, and hand laid stone. The Capitol Building was designed and built for just under one million dollars by Minneapolis architects C.E. Bell and M.S. Detwiler. It is a modified version of the Montana State Capitol Building in Helena. Government agencies moved into the Capitol Building in the summer of 1910 from a small wooden building which was located at the Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds near the corners of Capitol Avenue and Nicollet Avenue.

As you stand in front of the Capitol Building, note that the words "South Dakota" are emblazoned on the front of the building with the letter "u" looking like a "v" to emphasize the classical Roman influence upon the design. The copper outside cover of the dome, which was replaced in 1961, stands pitch black against the blue South Dakota sky.

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