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Mosaic in MInnesota State Capital

Mosaic in MInnesota State Capital

Day 12 – Madison, WI

We’re downtown again today to go to the farmer’s market on the capital plaza. There are lots of vendors with vegetables, fruit, lots of cut flowers, and some baked goods. We noticed the number of Asians with booths. We guess they are Hmong who were brought to this area by the Lutheran refugee group.

We also toured the state capital building which is beautiful. It was built in 1911-14 and is all limestone with heavy use of polished Wisconsin granite (like counter tops) columns and lots of Italian marble. It is ornate and expansive and as beautiful as any we’ve seen anywhere. There are also beautifal mosaics in the rotunda.

History Trivia: There is a fossil of a starfish on one of the steps because the Italian marble in the staircase was once under the sea. There is also a fossil of a chambered nautilus in the marble on the wall of a committee hearing room for the same reason.

Lunch was treat of Wisconsin cheese and Wisconsin cherries in the trailer.

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