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Salt Lake City Sights

Utah State Capitol

Updated 04/30/2014

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Utah's legislature meets just once a year, for 45 days from January to March. Otherwise the state's grandiose capitol can feel a little like a granite-and-marble ghost town. In 1912, after the state reaped $800,000 in inheritance taxes from the estate of Union Pacific Railroad president Edward Harriman, work began on the Renaissance Revival structure that tops Capitol Hill. From the exterior steps you get a marvelous view of the entire Salt Lake Valley. In the rotunda

beneath the 165-foot-high dome, a series of murals, commissioned as part of a Works Progress Administration project during the Depression, depicts the state's history. Don't miss the gold-leafed State Reception Room, the original state supreme court, and the Senate gallery. Free guided tours (30 to 45 minutes) are offered weekdays on the hour.

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Address:

350 N. State St., Salt Lake City, Utah, 84114, USA

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801-538–1800

Sight Details:

  • Tours weekdays 9–5, building weekdays 7 am–8 pm, weekends 8–6

Updated 04/30/2014

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Oct 13, 2008

Excellent

One of the more interesting state capitol buildings in the US, with attractive interior paintings and building details, nice if spare grounds. Liked the senate and house chambers.

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