This Souvenir Fridge Magnet Depicts the Oregon State Capitol in Summer Time
Located in the capital city of Salem, the Oregon State Capitol Building is home of the State Legislature as well as the offices of Oregon's governor, secretary of state and treasurer. In addition to this official use, it is also one of the most beautiful structures in the capital city. The earlier building was destroyed in a fire in the early Twentieth Century, and the current structure was constructed during the Great Depression and completed in 1938. It is built of white marble in the Art Deco style that was popular at the time. Unlike many other capitols, the Oregon building is remarkable for its lack of a traditional dome, instead being topped by a stylistic cupola itself topped by a golden statue of an Oregon Pioneer. The grounds of the Capitol cover three city blocks and include numerous statues, monuments, and gardens. One of the Douglas Fir trees on the grounds was raised from a seed germinated on the Apollo 14 trip to the Moon.
Salem, Oregon Has Much to Offer Visitors
Salem is often forgotten in the shadow Oregon's largest city, Portland, which is located just down the Willamette River. However, the city does have attractions that can bring visitors not interested in state government (the city's largest employer). The city's museums include the Mission Mill Museum, the Elsinore Theater and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Salem is a leafy city and has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for its excellent urban forestry, making the city streets pleasant to stroll in the afternoons. Major festivals on the city's calendar include the World Beat Festival in June and the Oregon State Fair at the Fair and Expo Center in August and September.