San Diego, CA
Bring Me Men To Match My Mountains
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© Christine Till
California's capital city, Sacramento, has played many roles over time, including Gold Rush boomtown, railroad terminus, regional industrial center, and seat of state government. These varied roles meant dramatic changes as the city grew outward and upward.
The State Office Building No 1 (State Treasurerís Office), built in 1928, is one of a symmetrical pair of monumental buildings designed in the Beaux Arts tradition to serve as an extension of the State Capitol and help prevent key State department functions from leaving Sacramento for San Francisco. In addition to the quality of its architectural design, its associated ornament exhibits a high degree of artistic value and craftsmanship worthy of honoring California's rich historical heritage.
The words "Bring me men to match my mountains" are part of a poem, "The Coming American," written in 1894 by Sam Walter Foss.
Bring me men to match my mountains
Bring me men to match my plains
Men with empires in their purpose
And new eras in their brains
September 7th, 2012
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