Oregon's Capitol Buildings

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The state of Oregon has had not one, not two, but three state capitol buildings. Two of them met a sudden and unexpected end—destruction by fire. William Willson, a pioneer of Salem, donated some acres from his Donation Land Claim for a state capitol. The first, built in 1855, may have been torched in a desperate fight to move the capitol to Corvallis. A second capitol, built in 1873, was patterned after the US Capitol in Washington, DC. This capitol, adorned with a beautiful copper-clad dome, faced west toward the Willamette River. On April 25, 1935, a fire started in a basement storage area. It quickly spread to the whole structure, and within four hours, the entire thing lay in ruins. After an exhaustive design process, a new capitol was built in the midst of the Great Depression, topped with a golden pioneer.
ISBN: 9781467130257
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of America
Images: 196
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Tom Fuller is the coauthor of three books, Salem, Newberg, and McMinnville, in the Images of America series. He also coauthored Oregon at Work: 1859–2009, which follows the descendants of Oregon pioneer families and traces the history of employment in the state. Fuller has worked in and around the state capitol since the early 1990s.
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