We have lived in Utah for 18 years and I have been in and out of this state literally all my life. Yet in all this time, none of us had ever made a visit to the state Capitol building. So on Monday, I thought it was about darn time. We had a very nice time and enjoyed the free tour.
Here are the boys goofing around in a very pretty hand-painted wall safe. I expected a guard to come and toss us out at any moment, but they were having such a great time, I couldn’t bear to stop them and they were being pretty careful. These two are always messing with each other – it’s like a trademark in our family.
It’s really beautiful in there with lots of marble, gilt leaves, fancy curliques and pretty sculptures.
We even got to see the chambers where the House and Senate meet. I was really annoyed to find out that they only meet for 45 days a year – sheesh! No wonder it takes forever to get anything done! If I were in charge, I’d make them meet for at least 3 days a week year round. And then I’d abolish that damned filibuster concept. When you meet for such a short time every year, it’s absurd to waste large chunks of time like that.
Before this last election, I never had any interest in politics. Now I’m finding it really interesting. Aggravating as hell, but very interesting!
Here is my charming son trying to climb up on one of the lions outside the building, or he’s trying to throw himself over that railing. One or the other.
So much for our wonderful historic tour of the day! Hope you enjoyed it. Hope it doesn’t take me another 18 years to make a visit like this.
Interesting facts (from the little bookmark we bought at the gift shop)
Built in 1912-1915, re-built in 2008.
256 base stabilizers were added for earthquake protection. Each weighs 5,000 lbs & cost about a million dollars each.
Height 235 feet above ground
Surrounded by over 500 Yoshino cherry trees