OK State Capitol and History Centre

Today we went to the State Capitol Building and then onto the Oklahoma History Centre. A full day, reckon we walked 6kms (almost 9miles at a guess) at least!

I love the architecture of a lot of buildings here and this fits that category! Of course everything is detailed and big, but I love it.

The walk leading up to the Capitol is paved with remembrance bricks, a time capsule to be opened in 2075 and paved stars like the common seal. Each star paving has a little bit of Oklahoma history in it. I didn't take photos of all of them but the ones we really liked the history of and of course I had to include the one that says 'the play Oklahoma first opens on Broadway 1943'!!

And a stone replica/monument of the Great Seal.

Oklahoma's name was suggested by a gentleman 'Chief Allen Wright' (real name Kilohote, emigrated with family from Mississippi in 1833-34 prior to the Trail of Tears) of the Choctaw Nation, for the new US Territory created following the Civil War. The Choctaw words “Okla” meaning people, and “Homa” meaning red – or the Territory of Red People.

This is Chief Allen Wright aka Kilihote.

The State Capitol building houses the most gorgeous pieces of art I have seen for some time, Michaelangelo eat your heart out, the paintings in the four corners of the domed building are truly amazing, marble floors and stair cases everywhere.

Now there is one piece that at first took me aback as it wasn't in keeping with all the other beautiful “traditional style” paintings we had seen. It's called Beyond The Centennial, the Artist, Carlos Tello. It adorns the end wall in the Hall of Governors and represents 17 pieces of Oklahoma history and future history. Very clever and it is gorgeous colours.

This is the Governors hall, you can just see the painting at the end.

….and this is the mural.

You can walk anywhere through the building and see Senators and their staff going about their business, very accessible. Looks like you can make an appointment and go see them anytime, all in one place. The Senate and House of Reps rooms, well just their entry's are magnificent as you will see in some of the photos.

The Governor and the Lieutenant Governor offices.

The Senate Chamber

The House of Representatives

In the marble floor is the Oklahoma Common Seal and above you can see the grandeur of the dome which was only added some 85 years after!

There were all sorts of interesting paintings about influential people in the state, the plains and areas surrounding and of course cowboys and cowgirls.

This is Jack standing beside a copy bronze of the one mounted on the top of the Capitol. The Indian warrior carrying an Osage shield.

The final and current state flag was adopted by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Martin Trapp on March 25, 1925.

A young Shawnee native, Louise Fluke, an art student, designed the flag choosing the sky blue background to represent loyalty and devotion. The rawhide shield decorated with 6 crosses to symbolise stars, representing warfare when justified. The lower half fringed with 7 eagle feathers. A peace pipe and crossed olive branch, representing a love of peace by a united people. This is her original entry into the flag competition in 1925.

Outside at the back of the State Capitol building you will find a bronze statue called 'Spirit of the Wind' in an area which opens out onto beautiful lawn, with paths that lead you to the Tribal Flag Plaza. Here each tribe has a flag erected in honour of the Native Americans.

So there you have a tiny piece of history and view into the Oklahoma State Capitol building.

After taking over 400 hundred photos today they won't all be on here or Facebook but will definitely post some more there!

I'm calling it a night, will give you some info regarding the Oklahoma History Centre tomorrow.

Night! Kat xo


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