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Colorado State Capitol Building Denver Co
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Built in the 1890's, the Colorado State Capitol building with its large pillars is composed of Colorado white granite. It is a key feature in the Denver skyline because of its bell-shaped dome, plated with 200 ounces of 24 karat gold. The gold plated dome commemorates Colorado's Gold Rush days and the early pioneers and miners who helped build this great state.
The inside of the capitol building is a cacophony of brilliant brass and stained glass, but the really priceless building material used inside is Colorado Rose onyx, commonly called Beulah Red Marble, a rare stone found near Beulah, Colo. The entire world's supply of Colorado Rose onyx went into the Capitol. It cannot be replaced - not at any price.
Denver, also called 'Mile High City', really is exactly one mile high. The exact elevation of 5,280 feet (1 mile) above sea level is maked by a round brass cap embedded in the western entrance stairs of the State Capitol.
The Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the United States. If you get the chance, head up to the observation deck and enjoy a spectacular view of Denver and the Rocky Mountains in the distance. State law prohibits building any structure that would block the view of the Rockies from the State Capitol.
August 24th, 2012
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