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Montana State Capitol

I don’t think I have ever before posted so many photos in the nature category in a row before, the last one was on November 23. That one was taken in the state capital of Idaho (Boise), here’s another state capital and capitol (which normally would have made my U.S. map a little more yellow, or quite a bit actually, it’s the fourth-largest state, but I believe that is one of the current bugs unfortunately).

Anyway, this is Montana and its capital city of Helena. Although city, it doesn’t have more than 30,000 inhabitants, which makes it the fifth least-populous state capital in the United States. It was founded in 1864 as a gold camp. The gold found near Helena made it one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S. The neoclassical State Capitol, which makes its debut on TE, was built between 1899 and 1902. A statue of Lady Liberty sits atop the copper dome. The bronze statue in front of the building was made by Charles J. Mulligan in 1905 and shows Thomas Francis Meagher, an Irish revolutionary and general in the American Civil War. He was appointed Territorial Secretary of Montana in 1865, where he died two years later under mysterious circumstances.

It was quite a nice and sunny day, but there were some thunderstorms in the area also, one of them unfortunately floating right over Helena during our short visit.

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Exif Data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/250 sec
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 430/100 mm
Date Taken: 2019-08-01 13:54
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 1716 kb

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