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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mississippi State Capitol

Mississippi State Capitol

The Mississippi State Capitol is located in Jackson and has been the home of Mississippi's state legislature since 1903. It is the third capitol building in Jackson. It was created by Theodore Link, an architect from St. Louis, Missouri. The building cost $1,095,681, which was paid by the Illinois Central Railroad in the form of back taxes they owed to the state. The building, which is in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, was designed to house all branches of the Mississippi state government. In 1979, it had a complete renovation, which cost $19 million. The renovation attempted to maintain the original design whenever practical. It was completed in 1983.

Mississippi State Capitol

The Hall of Governors is located on the first floor. Portraits of Mississippi's governors since the creation of the Mississippi Territory in 1798 are on display. The State Library and the Supreme Court chamber, now both committee meeting rooms, are located on the second floor. The Legislature is housed on the third floor, along with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House's offices. Public viewing balconies for both chambers are located on the fourth floor.

Mississippi State Capitol Gold Eagle

a statue erected in memory of the ladies, mothers, sisters, wives and daughters of the Confederate soldiers is located on the capitol grounds and is seen in the foreground in the first photo.

Mississippi State Capitol Rotunda and Front Mississippi State Capitol Architectural Detail
Mississippi State Capitol Front Columns Mississippi State Capitol Modern Entrance
Mississippi State Capitol Side Columns Mississippi State Capitol Rear Entrance

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