|Our guide, Carla, shares some Missouri history.|
A few facts:
- All the rock in the capitol is limestone from Missouri, except the 12 capitals in the House and Senate, which are granite and marble from New Hampshire.
- 16 of the 41 lunette (half-moon shaped areas) paintings have optical illusions--either a change of direction or a change of size.
- Bonds were sold to raise money to build the current state capitol. Four and one-half million dollars were raised. When the building was complete, there were still one million dollars that hadn't been spent. So they used the money to decorate.
- The Missouri State Capitol is the only state capitol with a state park located inside.