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QUIZ: Guess the State Capitol

May 21, 2012

The white dome of the U.S. Capitol is a familiar symbol of American republicanism. But the capitols of the states—symbols in their own right—are not as familiar to us. So consider this your introduction to your fellow Americans' state governments, at least architecturally speaking, and test whether you know which state capitols are shown in the following photos. Answers are displayed in subsequent slides.

The ground for this state's capitol was donated in December of 1816. The state was the 19th to join the union.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


This capitol building is the third to be built in the state, completed in 1903 in a Beaux Arts style.(AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)



The dome of this state's capitol is covered in gold leaf. The building itself was completed in 1908.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)



The dedication for this state's capitol was held in 1969.(Wikimedia Commons)


The design for this state's capitol includes French Renaissance architecture with Corinthian composite details.(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)



This state's capitol is uniquely known as the Roundhouse.(Wikimedia Commons)

New Mexico(Wikimedia Commons)


This state's capitol sits on a hill now called Capitol Hill. It was once known as Arsenal Hiill.(Wikimedia Commons)

Utah(Wikimedia Commons)

This state's capitol is 34 stories tall and is embellished with Art Deco details.(Wikimedia Commons)


Louisiana(Wikimedia Commons)

To keep down the costs for construction of this state's capitol, stone from an area prison was used.(Wikimedia Commons)

Nevada(Wikimedia Commons)


This state's capitol is topped with a sculpture of the Roman goddess of the harvest, Ceres.(AP Photo/Kelley McCall)

Missouri(Wikimedia Commons)

The dome of this state's capitol was covered with copperized iron and allowed to oxidize, turning green.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)



This state's capitol was dedicated in 1859, with additions made as recently as 1987.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)



This state's capitol was completed in 1851 and has played a role in both the beginning of the Confederacy as well as the Civil Rights Movement.(AP Photo/Alabama Governor's Office, Robin Cooper)


This state's capitol sits on the banks of the Delaware River; the land for the statehouse was bought in the 18th century for $250 English pounds. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)


New Jersey

This state's Greek Revival capitol was built by prisoners from 1839 to 1861.(AP Photo/Jay Laprete)



This state capitol building was designed by Cass Gilbert, who also designed the U.S. Supreme Court building and two other state capitol buildings, according to the Cass Gilbert Society.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)


The Italian workers who were employed to build this state's capitol building were each given tiny blue tiles that the workers could sign and include as a part of the building's floor.(AP Photo/Doug Dreyer)


South Dakota

This state's capitol building was recently described by a legislator in a neighboring state as being similar to an insurance office.(AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)

North Dakota


The legislature of this state had to meet away from the capitol building for more than two years, until 2010, while $120 million in renovations and expansion work was completed.(AP Photo/Charlie Litchfield)


This state's capitol is actually used as a museum, with the Legislature meeting in surrounding buildings on the complex.(AP Photo/Matt York)



This state's capitol is said to be the oldest statehouse still in legislative use.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)



The dome of this state's capitol was inspired by Michelangelo's design for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Oliver Wendell Holmes called this statehouse the "the hub" of the solar system.(AP Photo)



This state's capitol sits near the banks of the Kennebec River.(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)



This state's capitol sits on a hill and was completed after the Civil War, during Reconstruction.(Wikimedia Commons)


This state's capitol is known as Legislative Hall.(Wikimedia Commons)



The design of this state's capitol was based on the U.S. Capitol in Washington.(Wikimedia Commons)



This state's capitol was built after two earlier buildings were destroyed by fires.(Wikimedia Commons)


This state's capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson.(Wikimedia Commons)



This state's capitol is known as the Legislative Building.((AP Photo/Ted S. Warren))



The dome of this state's capitol measures 361 feet.((AP Photo/Seth Perlman))


Construction of this state's capitol was completed in 1931.((AP Photo/Seanna O'Sullivan))



This state's capitol was damaged by artillery fire during the Civil War.((AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain))

South Carolina


This state's capitol complex features a cowboy statue prominently.((AP Photo/David Zalubowski))


In this state's capitol, areas that now house the Supreme Court andHouse of Representatives caught fire in 1904. Restoration included addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and telephones.(AP Photo/J. Mark Kegans)



This state's capitol is the second-tallest U.S. statehouse, with 15 stories (400 feet tall).(AP Photo/Bill Wolf)



This state's capitol was ranked No. 1 in 2008 by the the American Institute of Architects.(AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)


This state's capitol is said to be haunted, leading one historian to conduct ghost-hunting tours.(AP Photo/Mike Groll)


New York(Wikipedia)

Construction on the current capitol in this state began in 1906 after the previous capitol was destroyed by a fire (1904). The 1904 fire occurred 5 weeks after the state Legislature voted to cancel the capitol's fire insurance policy.  (AP Photo/Barbara Rodriguez)



This state's capitol, called the State House, has a sculpture called "The Independent Man" on top of its dome.(AP Photo/ Victoria Arocho)

Rhode Island

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