Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Old Capitol

The Old Capitol, Iowa City, Iowa

For a time Burlington, Iowa was the state's capital city; however, in 1840 the search for a new location began.  According to online sources, several towns wanted that status and legislators could not agree on where it should be.  Finally the decision was made to call the new capital city Iowa City, and three commissioners were appointed to pick a spot within Johnson County. 

Eventually, as most know, the decision was made to make Des Moines the state capital, but the stone structure was deeded to the University of Iowa and became the first building owned by the University.  Since 1857 Old Capitol has served in many capacities, including library, chapel, armory, classrooms and more but remains today as a symbol of the history and progress of the state and the University.

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