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Iowa Statehouse

Des Moines, IA, United States
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The Iowa State Capitol, or more commonly referred to as the Iowa Statehouse, sits upon a hill just east of the Mississippi River which provides great views of downtown Des Moines and the West Capitol Terrace. Built between 1871 and 1886 on land given to the state from Wilson Alexander Scott, this is a unique Statehouse as it is the only one in the United States that has 5 domes. The original Statehouse was previously located in Iowa City and the current location was decided upon base on Scott’s gift. On all sides of the Statehouse and across the street, there are roughly 40 monuments and memorials to see. There is a map and description of each of the monuments on Iowa.gov if you are interested. I arrived after hours so I wasn’t able to view the inside but upon reading about it, it sounds absolutely beautiful with 29 different types of marble throughout and the wood used was walnut, cherry and oak, to name a few. If you have the time, it sounds like it would be worth it to check it out. Tours are available and for groups of less than 10 it is recommended to call to schedule as booking online is for groups of 10 or more. Definitely worth the stop, even if you have just enough time to view the grounds as the view and the property are amazing. One of the, if not the best, Statehouses I’ve seen.
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Points of interest

Buffalo Head Drinking Fountain
Located at the base of the Pioneer Statutory Group. Installed in 1890 and was a usable drinking fountain for humans and their horses.
G.A.R Sundial
Located after the first set up steps in front of the Statehouse. Dedicated to the Union Veterans of the Civil War.
Bicentennial Fountain
Located in front of the Statehouse. Installed in 1982 to replace the original fountain from 1890 that was destroyed by vandals.

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