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St Paul State Capitol Tour by Ann Treacy
April 13, 2011, 2:59 am
Filed under: St Paul

Our Chicago cousins came for a visit over their spring break. It didn’t feel very spring-like because this is the year of the never-ending winter. So we thought we’d do something a little different. We went to the State Capitol. We got a private tour of the Capitol! We didn’t really intend on a private tour, but it just worked out that way.

It was fun to learn about the ins and outs of the building. It was one of the first buildings in Minnesota with electricity. We saw where the legislators vote on issues. We saw where a mouse is hidden in the paintings and we saw a few of the hidden gophers. We also got an up-close look at the big chandelier. They had taken it down to wash it; apparently that doesn’t happen just every decade. It’s kind of cool, so if you’re thinking about a tour and want to see something unique, now might be a good time to visit.

Sadly we didn’t get to climb up to the horses at the top of the Capitol. It was a rainy, yucky day so I didn’t even ask. But that leaves us something for next time.

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