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Sep 11, 2013

Celebrate Our State Capitol Building’s 75th Birthday!

Oregon’s third Capitol building is turning 75 and on October 1, 2013 and you are invited to the party!

Oregon State Capitol

The Capitol Foundation is planning a festive 75th birthday celebration with special events throughout the day on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Capital, just a couple of miles from our hotel.

The event will include live music, displays, birthday cards from local school children, and well-deserved birthday gifts for the Capitol from noon-5 p.m. Free tours available all day.

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Be sure to check out the “Light up the Dome” event with super-sized birthday candles surrounding the Capitol dome that will shine over the city. Here are some historical facts about Oregon’s State Capitol building you may not have known:

  • Our present Capitol was dedicated on October 1, 1938 after the previous two buildings were destroyed in fires; one on December 30, 1855 and another on April 25, 1935.
  • The building houses several elected state officials – the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the State Treasurer – in addition to the entire Legislative Branch of state government.
  • Artist  Ulric Ellerhusen created the famous Oregon Pioneer statue that sits atop the building (and inspired Travel Salem’s “Sal”).  The statue weighs eight-and-a-half tons and 22 ft  tall.

Learn more about the October 1 celebration events by visiting www.leg.state.or.us/foundation

Photo Credit: Kristi Reed

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