Hello Sunshine! Last week I had my nephews visit for the week & I think this is normal that the 2 are completely opposite. One is into museums and the other is into playing at the parks. We compromised,one day at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum & a Pinball arcade then Zilker Park & Barton Springs to exercise both. Another day visiting The State of Texas Capitol, another pinball arcade & park for exercise.
I am a Native Austinite & I have a son that I have taken to both Texas landmarks frequently when he was younger, also I attend mass weekly at a Cathedral about 2 blocks away from the State Capitol that I see it so often, I kind of take it for granted. I thought I would share a few pics I took with my nephews.
The original Goddess of Liberty that towers above the Capitol is in the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum.When she was replaced in 1985 my dad took us to the capitol to see it. I still have the memory. There was a crowd and my brother & I had hot cocoa, while my dad had coffee. I am sure my dad is the reason why I have Texas Pride today. When I was telling my son all of the places I took my nephews to, Barton Springs, Zilker Park, The museum, The Capitol; he said those are all the places I took him to. We were frequent visitors of the museum because we always saw the new exhibits.
The Rotunda ceiling is grand and has a star with the letters TEXAS around it. It is a must to get in the center of the floor look up and take a photo. Just as much as when you get to the top floor, it is a must to look down and take a photo of the floor.
On the walls of the rotunda are painted portraits of the past Governors of Texas. I took a photo of Ann Richards because, I took my son to her Texas Flag-draped casket in The Texas Capitol when she died. Something I will always remember because there where so many waiting to see her.
The House of Representatives Chamber
The Texas Senate Chamber
I often use The Great Texas political & historian, Bob Bullocks quote of “God Bless Texas.” He has it on his headstone at the Texas State Cemetery. He had a love for Texas that that is more than any of us can claim, but I will always aspire to.
The State of Texas Capitol was Completed in 1888. An extraordinary edifice by any measure, the 1888 Texas Capitol is the largest in gross square footage of all state capitols and is second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C. Like several other state capitols, the 1888 Texas Capitol surpasses the National Capitol in height, rising almost 15 feet above its Washington counterpart.
In 1993, the $75 million underground Capitol Extension was completed in the North, doubling the square footage available to Capitol occupants and providing much improved functionality. In 1995, a comprehensive interior and exterior restoration of the original building was completed at a cost of approximately $98 million. Finally, in 1997, the park-like grounds surrounding the Capitol were given a much needed $8 million renovation and restoration.
Thanks for visiting & please share.
Lots of love from Austin, TX,