We took a day trip into Phoenix to see yet another State Capitol. This is one of the things we like to do on our journeys through the country. Also while in Phoenix we went to Camping World and Walmart so it was a full day.
The old, copper-domed, Arizona State Capitol Building is now a museum
Phoenix State Capitol
Memorial to Navajo Wind Talkers
The Capitol building was created as part of an effort to demonstrate that the Arizona Territory was ready for statehood.The Capitol broke ground in 1898, and opened in 1901. In 1918 and 1938, additions were added on the west side of the building, which followed the same architecture. It was home to the Legislature until 1960, when the current house and senate buildings were constructed, and the Governor's Office until 1974, when the executive tower was built. The state turned the original Capitol into a museum dedicated to Arizona's history. After a restoration, the building opened as a museum in 1981. The Capitol building and rooms were restored to their original design and due to budget shortfalls construction was halted on a few rooms on the third floor and they remain incomplete.
The Capitol building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Koren War & Desert Storm Memorials
Workers & Confederate Memorial
The main entrance of the Capitol/Museum faces east and is flanked by newer buildings that house the State Senate and the State House of Representatives. To the west of the old Capitol is another newer building that houses the Executive Branch of the State Government. East of the Capitol is the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza with many historical statues and memorials to fallen members of the armed services. The largest statue is of Father Kino and the most poignant memorial, at the east end of the park, is the anchor of the USS Arizona. This park stirred up a lot of feelings in both Ralph & I... Very well done!
Law Enforcement Canine & Arizona Officers Memorial
USS Arizona Memorial ( actual mast & anchor from the USS Arizona)
A statue of Father Eusebio Kino presented to Arizona by the governor of Sonora, Mexico in 1967. Father Kino is best known for his exploration of the Sonora & Arizona,& for his work to Christianize the Native American population of those areas.
Father Kino Memorial & cactus Garden
Vietnam Memorial & Bears people left in the helmet on memorial
Yesterday our friends Norm & Chris arrived from Florida a day early. We were so happy to see them and chatted all afternoon. We then went to dinner at one of two restaurants in the area Tin Top Bar & Grill. I had another delicious burger (this time with a southwest flair) & onion rings. Good food if your in the area. They were both thankful to be here so they could finally slow down and begin our BIG adventure. Sarurday we leave for Palm Springs, Ca.
Until Later... Have FUN, Travel Safe & Enjoy Everyday!