When I was learning the state capitols in 5th grade, I remember wanting to travel to all 50 — even despite the knowledge that Sacramento was far from the most exciting city in California.
15 years later, and I’ve still only been to 5 state capitols.
- Sacramento, California
- Providence, Rhode Island
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Denver, Colorado
Visiting my friend Kate in Helena, Montana this summer provided an excellent opportunity to add another capitol to my list — only 44 more to go!
While exploring Helena, I paid a special visit to the Montana State Capitol Building.
The first thing I noticed about the building was its intricate door knobs.
And this beautifully carved bench was in the ladies restroom of all places.
My favorite painting by E.S. Paxson in the building shows Sacajawea directing Lewis & Clark.
“Welcome to the House of Representatives”
If you look closely at C.M. Russell’s painting, you can see a wolf snarling just above the Speaker of the House’s podium.
My shoes matched the carpet.