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Utah State Capitol

They say Utah's capitol building in Salt Lake City, built in 1915, was located high on a hill overlooking the Salt Lake Temple (LDS or Mormon) to symbolize the fact that the State was a higher authority than the Church. Now the Church Administration Building, 26 stories tall, from the top of which this picture was taken, looks down on both the Capitol and the Temple. Does this symbolize that the church bureaucracy is a higher authority than either the State or the religious aspects of the Church?

Utah's First State Capitol

This was Utah's capitolalso Salt Lake City Hall and Salt Lake County Courthousefrom 1896 to 1915. Recently renovated, this fine old building is now the City-County Building.

Salt Lake County Courts Building rotunda; old City-County building across the street

The rotunda of the new courts building offers a fine view of the old City-County building.

Main corridor

This is the main corridor.

One of the legislative chambers

One of the legislative chambers, Senate, I think.

Inside the dome

Inside the dome.

The magnificent dome

Outside the dome.

Utah Capitol

Utah's capitol building cost about $3,000,000 to build in the early part of the 20th century, when Utah's population was less than 400,000 (about a fourth of the money came from one estate). That's a lot of dough from not very many people. They built well.

Utah Capitol

Twilight shot of the Utah Capitol taken by my friend Patricia Shriver on a recent trip in the Intermountain West.