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State Capitol, Oklahoma City

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Government Building · Tourist Spot
The Oklahoma State Capitol is the house of government of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It is the building that houses the Oklahoma Legislature and executive branch offices. It is located along Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City. The present structure includes a dome completed in 2002.
Oklahoma's first capital was Guthrie, Oklahoma, but it moved to Oklahoma City in 1910. Construction began on the Oklahoma State Capitol in 1914 and was completed in 1917. Originally, it housed the judicial branch of Oklahoma, but the state's high courts moved most of their operations to the Oklahoma Judicial Center in 2011, leaving only the Supreme Court Hearing Chamber in the capitol building.
The state capitol complex is the only state capitol grounds in the United States with active oil rigs.
Early capital of Guthrie (1889–1910)Oklahoma's territorial capital and first state capital was located in the city of Guthrie. The settlement of the first state capital began at noon on April 22, 1889, when cannons sounded the start of the Oklahoma land run. The town was designated as the territorial capital in 1890.
Move to Oklahoma City and construction (1910–1917)State government officials let voters decide on whether or not to move the capital to Oklahoma City. On June 11, 1910, the state seal was taken from Guthrie and moved south to Oklahoma City, where the Oklahoma State Capitol is located today. Lee Cruce, the second Governor of Oklahoma commissioned the architectural construction of the present day structure. Prior to its construction, state government offices were housed in the Huckins Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.
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  • We usually try to view Capitals on vacation. Oklahoma capital grounds were well kept & nice to view building, statues & memorials. We were disappointed that we could not tour inside however did have....  more »
  • We travel a lot and have seen many state capitals. This one was very ordinary. They would not let us go in the gallery of either the House or Senate. So much for transparency! This was the first....  more »
  • The Oklahoma State Capitol is a nice place. You can spend nice time in front of the capitol building. There are plenty of parking spots here.
  • The most beautiful building in all of ANGEL territory. Let's buckle that bible belt back up. The masterfully crafted stone masonry constructed by hard working masons. I have witnessed the good of the construction company. someone loves me and I love you! OMGosh! GOD bless.
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