Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Arkansas State Capitol Tour

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   Construction of the capitol took 16 years due to allegations of shortcuts in construction, substandard materials, shoddy workmanship, and bribery plus cost overruns and a legislature that was reluctant to vote for funding.  The neo-classical revival building is missing some of the details in the original plans such as a glided dome. It has been restored to it’s 1915 appearance, the year that it was finished.


   Guided tours are offered on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The capitol is opened 7 days a week for self guided tours. Pick up a brochure at the visitor service desk on the first floor. The public rooms are opened to tour and historic displays are located the 1st, 3rd, and 4th floors. I think Arkansas may be the only state to have a state historic cooking vessel!


  The capitol is accessible. The grounds are not elaborate but there are grassy expanses with statues and memorials. A lack of sidewalks and curb cuts make viewing them difficult.

  On-street parking is available on the streets to the east of the capitol. The climb up to the capitol is steep so wheelchair users may require assistance.  Capitol  34.7466, -92.28857


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