Day 8 – Friday, April 5

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 01, 2013

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Cottonwoods RV Resort

Flag of United States  , Missouri
Friday, April 5, 2013

Wow! What a building!  We toured the Missouri State Capital today.  It is a beautiful building.  It's another of the mid-west state capitals built early in the 20th century when states had money and wanted to show people they did.  This one, like others, is a big domed building that sits up on a hilltop near the Missouri River.  We could see it from 10 miles away.  It’s huge. The first capital burned down in the 1890’s.  The second with a wooden dome was struck by lightning in 1911 and burned down.  This building is made of stone and steel so it will not burn.  Missouri spent $3M on the building with $1M for artwork. 
The rotunda has lots of marble with a view up into the dome. The engraved quotes are a mixture of business, positive thoughts, and biblical.  But it’s most outstanding feature is its artwork.  Throughout the building are lunettes which are paintings within arches like half moons, thus the name lunette.  There are painted by a variety of artists and depict various aspects of life in Missouri through history. 

But the most outstanding part was the murals by Thomas Hart Benton (the painter).  The walls of the House Lounge are covered with a mural of A Social History of Missouri.   The murals are fantastic. The pigments are mixed with either egg yolks or egg whites. They were extremely controversial in 1934 when Benton painted them because he included such things as selling liquor to Indians for pelts,slavery, tarring and feathering a Mormon during the expulsion of Mormons from Missouri, the outlaw Jesse James, and the political boss Tom Pendergast.  Benton’s response was, "For the full story,you have to take the good with the bad." Here is a link to more information and video of the room.

What wonderful artwork and building!
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West, C. on

Super of you to share all this.Great slides

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I'm glad you've joined us on the trip. We enjoy sharing them.

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