The North Dakota State Capitol
The North Dakota State Capitol, affectionately known as "The Skyscraper on the Prairie", is located in Bismarck at 600 East Boulevard Avenue, United States. The state capitol building is a 19-storey tower and is the seat of the Government of North Dakota. In its 160 acre campus, the state has its legislative and judicial offices. It is the tallest building in the state of North Dakota. The Capitol building was established in 1934. Surrounding the Capitol building complex is a 132-acre park, walking trails and monuments. Located adjacent to the building is the Capitol Mall, with its sprawling lawns flanked by 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 give it the appearance of 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 found in the janitor's closet on the top floor was thought to be the cause of fire. A new building was scheduled for construction 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 restructured 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.