Wyoming State Capitol
The Wyoming State Capitol is the state capitol and seat of government of the U. S. state of Wyoming. Built between 1886 and 1890, the capitol is located in Cheyenne and contains the chambers of the Wyoming State Legislature and it was designated a U. S. National Historic Landmark during 1987. The construction of the capitol prior to Wyoming gaining statehood. Born in 1867 in the path of the railroad, the Union Pacific crews arrived as they laid the tracks westward. The seat of the new Territorial government was established in Cheyenne in 1869, in 1886, the sixth Territorial Legislative Assembly authorized butts of the State Capitol. The commission chose the firm of David W. Gibbs & Company and these were accepted in July 1886 and a contract issued to the lowest bidder, Adam Feick & Brothers, who broke ground on September 9,1886. The Tenth Territorial Legislative Assembly convened in the unfinished building, the two small wings on the east and west were completed in 1890. Crowded conditions persisted with the growth of the state and in 1915 the Thirteenth legislature approved the construction of the House and Senate Chambers, the 42nd Legislature in 1974 appropriated funds for the first phase of renovation of the capitol and the project was completed in 1980.
The building was designated a National Historic Landmark during 1987, the capitol is located north of downtown Cheyenne. The exterior approach to the front steps of the features the State Seal in granite as well as two statues. Esther Hobart Morris, who had a significant role in gaining womens suffrage in the Wyoming Territory, the statue was sculpted by Avard Fairbanks. The Act to grant women the right to vote was passed by the First Territorial Assembly, Wyoming was thus first government in the world to grant women the right to vote. Morris was appointed as the first female Justice of the Peace in the territory during 1870, Chief Washakie of the Shoshone tribe. The statue was sculpted by Dave McGary, Chief Washakie earned a reputation that lives on to this day-fierce warrior, skilled politician and diplomat, great leader of the Shoshone people, friend to white men. Washakie granted right-of-way through Shoshone land in western Wyoming to the Union Pacific Railroad, the famed leader and warrior died at the age of 102 in 1900.
He was buried with military honors at Fort Washakie. A replica of Esther Hobart Morris and Chief Washakie are in the National Statuary Hall in the U. S. Capitol, the architecture of the building is renaissance revival, reminiscent of the National Capitol Building in Washington, D. C. The sandstone for the building came from a quarry in Rawlins and Fort Collins, the buildings cornerstone was laid on May 18,1887, with maps, a roster of territorial officers and other papers inside