West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston

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Government Building · Architectural Building
The West Virginia State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of West Virginia, and houses the West Virginia Legislature and the office of the Governor of West Virginia. Located in Charleston, West Virginia, the building was dedicated in 1932. Along with the West Virginia Executive Mansion it is part of the West Virginia Capitol Complex, a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Prior to the American Civil War, the counties that would ultimately form West Virginia were a part of the state of Virginia; the state capital was in Richmond, Virginia. After Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, the northwestern counties of Virginia loyal to the United States started the process which would ultimately create the State of West Virginia on June 20, 1863.
Settling on a state capital location proved to be difficult. For several years, the capital of West Virginia shifted back and forth between Wheeling and Charleston. Other locations, including Martinsburg and Clarksburg were offered as alternatives. The state's citizens voted on the final location of their capital, Charleston, on August 7, 1877.
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  • On a Sunday afternoon, I walked around the grounds of the Capitol building. The grounds had a nice landscape with tons of trees and statues. The Capitol building was also a pleasant site to see from.....  more »
  • I've seen the golden dome from the highway several times...finally made it to Charleston with time to see it up close. It would be fun to have a picnic on the lawn. This is such a pretty building.....  more »

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