Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sacramento Capitol & Stanton Mansion

Sun - Nov. 7th

Just a couple pictures of the University of California at Davis campus, where we went for a walk on Saturday afternoon. They have an arboretum with a two and a half mile walking and biking path that runs along a creek. Davis is the 6th most bike friendly city in the country, with 50 miles of bike paths and more bikes per capita than any other city in the country, over 40,000 bikes. Among other ag related fields, they teach wine making and beer brewing. They have a wine cellar that holds over 60,000 bottles and can brew 45 gallons of beer a day.

On Sunday we took a tour of the Capitol. The Capitol is eight blocks from the river. Like all the other buildings in the area, it frequently flooded. So they jacked up all the buildings and put another story underneath them that was allowed to flood and not used. Today the bottom floor is a museum and the first floor offices have been restored to their original state of the early 1900s for viewing.

The current governor's office is in the east wing that was built in 1952. Arnold bought this grizzly for $30,000 when he and Maria were on vacation in Colorado and donated it to the state.

Down all the hallways of the east wing are these window box displays of all the counties and metro areas, showing their products and points of interest.

Just below the dome is this marble statue of Queen Isabella pledging to Columbus that she would finance his voyage to discover the new world. It was purchased by some rich guy and donated to the state, only requesting that it face west.

This is a view to the west from the second floor inside the Capitol. If you zoom in, you can see the Tower Bridge in the center in the distance.

This is the Assembly Chamber done in shades of green to represent the regular people like farmers, while the Senate Chamber is done in shades of red to represent the nobility based on the British House of Lords. They also have Lincoln's portrait in the Assembly for the country folk and Washington's in the Senate for the aristocrats.

Vietnam Memorial. The 40 acre grounds, spanning 12 city blocks has species of plant life from nearly every part of the globe. In the early years, the Capitol was on the outskirts of town. It had to be fenced in to keep the cows and deer out of the gardens.

The World Peace Rose Garden has over 600 rose bushes and little signs all over, like the one below, that were written by the school children of the area.

There are walking paths all over amongst the flowers, trees, cactus garden, vegetable garden and memorials.

This is a memorial to the fire fighters. There is a wall nearby with the names of all those that have lost their lives fighting fires since 1850.

Another view of the fire fighters thru the crook of a very large tree.

This one is for peace officers lost in the line of fire and the woman and child on the bench represent the families they left behind. This is in front of the justice building.

Leland Stanford State Historic Landmark was the headquarters for three governors in the turbulent 1860s. It is now the state's official reception center and a museum. As a pro-union civil war governor and president of the Central Pacific Railroad, Stanton negotiated political and business deals that helped complete the transcontinental railroad. His only son died of typhoid at 16 and they started Stanford to educate other children in his memory. After his death, his wife donated the mansion to the Catholic church for an orphanage. It was used that way for about 40 years and then as a home for teenage girls. It was eventually sold to the state and restored to it's original state and opened in 2005.

Old Sacramento on the riverfront tomorrow.

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