North Dakota State Capitol - The Skyscraper on the Prairie
The North Dakota State Capitol, lovingly called The Skyscraper on the Prairie, is located in Bismarck at 600 East Boulevard Avenue, United States. The statue of John Burke, erected during 1963 is placed in front of the Capitol Building Tower. Burke was the 10th Governor of North Dakota from 1907 to 1913. The State Capitol is the house of the Government of North Dakota with its legislative and judicial offices. It is the tallest building in the state. The Capitol building was established in 1934. Through the grounds is the Capitol Mall with a large open field of grass and American elm trees on both sides. On the south of the Heritage Centre, there is a large monument. During Christmas, red and green shades are drawn over the windows of the tower to look like a Christmas tree. This acrylic fridge magnet souvenir, with the depiction of North Dakota State Capitol, is an excellent memento for tourists to take home.
Interesting Facts about North Dakota State Capitol
The state Capitol building that was built between 1883 and 1884 was burnt to the ground on December 28, 1930. Oil rags in janitor's closet on the top floor, was thought to be the cause of fire. A new building was thought to be constructed during the Great Depression. It took about $2 million to set up the tower and wing. The construction started in 1931 and took nearly three years to complete. In 1960, the new North Dakota Governor's Residence was built. In 1963, the North Dakota Heritage Center was structured to accommodate North Dakota State Historical Society. In 1988, President George Bush presented and dedicated an American elm tree near the Capitol to commemorate the state's Centennial of 1989.