The State Capitol Photographs Page
(FYI: Capital versus Capitol - The city versus the building!)
Click on any photo to follow a link to the Wikipedia entry and more information about the capitol.

We began this project in early 1971 during a visit to the Texas State Capitol while we were living in Temple Texas as Tom finished his military career at Fort Hood.  Of course, we didn't realize that we were starting a project to photograph every state Capitol at the time.  But that first tour of a Capitol building had been very interesting and opportunities presented themselves to collect additional pictures over the years.  We finally counted up our collection just before Tom retired and discovered that we had about half of the buildings.  Why not capture them all?

Apparently, we are not the first people to set out on this quest.  As we reached the New Jersey Capitol just a few minutes before closing time one afternoon this past summer, the attendant on duty asked, "are you visiting all of the Capitols?"  "Yes, we are," I replied.  "How many do you have so far?"  "This will make 43," I said.  She stayed a little late and gave us a private tour. 

I started blogging in February of 2008.  Capitol visits since then usually have a blog post attached at the bottom of the picture.  The more recent ones have a full post devoted to the building. The objective for this webpage was to produce a fast-loading page that shows all of the buildings, so the pictures here don't have a great deal of detail.  A second version will become available soon with better quality images.

 I quickly learned that photographing fifty outdoor scenes is no easy task and now have greatly increased respect for the professionals who do this sort of thing for a living.  Arriving in a capital city at dusk in the midst of a rainy week is a great disappointment.  Some of these pictures represent just a brief opportunity on an otherwise tightly scheduled day.  To anyone contemplating a similar project, I offer encouragement.  But allow lots of slack in your schedule and plan to enjoy several hours on the inside of each building.  They are all interesting and most offer some marvelous education in American history. 

 (44/50 Complete!)

The State of Alabama
 
Capital: Montgomery

The State of Alaska
 
Capital: Juneau

The State of Arizona
 
Capital: Phoenix

The State of Arkansas
 
Capital: Little Rock
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of California
California Capitol
Capital: Sacramento
Tom visits the capitol.

The State of Colorado
 
Capital: Denver
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Connecticut	
 
Capital: Hartford
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Delaware
Capital: Dover

The Sawyers visit the capitol.


The State of Florida
 
Capital: Tallahassee
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Georgia
 
Capital: Atlanta

The State of Hawaii
 
Capital: Honolulu

The State of Idaho
 
Capital: Boise

The State of Illinois
Illinois State Capitol
Capital: Springfield
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Indiana
 
Capital: Indianapolis

The State of Iowa
 
Capital: Des Moines

The State of Kansas
 
Capital: Topeka

The State of Kentucky
 
Capital: Frankfort

The State of Louisiana
 
Capital: Baton Rouge
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Maine
 
Capital: Augusta

The State of Maryland
Capital: Annapolis

The Sawyers visit the capitol.


The State of Massachusetts
 
Capital: Boston

The State of Michigan
Michigan State Capitol
Capital: Lansing
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Minnesota
 
Capital: St. Paul

The State of Mississippi
Mississippi State Capitol
Capital: Jackson
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Missouri
 
Capital: Jefferson City

The State of Montana
 
Capital: Helena

The State of Nebraska
 
Capital: Lincoln

The State of Nevada
 
Capital: Carson City

The State of New Hampshire
 
Capital: Concord

The State of New Jersey
Capital: Trenton
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of New Mexico
 
Capital: Santa Fe

The State of New York
Capital: Albany
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of North Carolina
 
Capital: Raleigh
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of North Dakota
 
Capital: Bismark

The State of Ohio
Ohio State Capitol
Capital: Columbus
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Oklahoma
 
Capital: Oklahoma City

The State of Oregon
 
Capital: Salem

The State of Pennsylvania
Capital: Harrisburg

The Sawyers visit the capitol.


The State of Rhode Island
 
Capital: Providence
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of South Carolina
 
Capital: Columbia
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of South Dakota
 
Capital: Pierre

The State of Tennessee
 
Capital: Nashville

The State of Texas
Capital: Austin

The State of Utah
 
Capital: Salt Lake City
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Vermont
 
Capital: Montpelier

The State of Virginia
 
Capital: Richmond
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Washington
 
Capital: Olympia

The State of West Virgina
West Virginia Capitol
Capital: Charleston
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Wisconsin
Wisconsin State Capitol
Capital: Madison
The Sawyers visit the capitol.

The State of Wyoming
 
Capital: Cheyenne
The Sawyers visit the capitol.