Jefferson City

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Jefferson City

Postby TheLastGentleman » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:34 pm

Went to Jeff City and was blown away by how beautiful and interesting it was! Spent most of the time touring the penitentiary and the capitol, but also had time to wonder around the high street a bit. Lots of wonderfully maintained storefronts and solid streetscapes that made it feel like Massachusetts street in Lawrence, which surprised me. Highly recommend a visit. Here's a ton of pictures

Old state penitentiary

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Gas chamber

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City visitor center in the commissioner's old house across the street from the penitentiary.

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Capitol Ave

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Governer's mansion

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Supreme court

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Nice church nearby

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I hadn't seen the capitol since I was little, but it left a huge impact on me and I've been meaning to come back to it. The place is stunning. The inside was clear of construction, but the outside is partially covered in scaffolding and the front lawn appears to have been completely dug up. Oddly enough, the juxtaposition of the big ornate building with its picturesque small-town surroundings reminded me a bit of a disney park, only with a massive neoclassical dome instead of a gothic castle!

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Some of the stone used had fossils. Examples can be found throughout the building

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Some of the original plasterwork was exposed. They'd whitewashed much of the hallways long ago and have recently been doing studies for a full restoration. Unfortunately, my guide told me, they concluded it would be too expensive at the moment. Maybe someday.

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The house chamber

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The senate chamber was locked, but the doors had generous windows.

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Thomas Hart Benton murals in the house lounge, featuring our very own city, complete with Pendergast himself. Apparently his controversial inclusion nearly compromised the entire set of murals!

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Here's St. Louis' section

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Other walls

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Some shots around town

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Their token commercial high-rise. They appear to be very proud of it, and rightfully so. It's maintained beautifully.

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Probably my favorite shot of the trip

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Thanks for looking!

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Re: Jefferson City

Postby ldai_phs » Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:10 am

Wow! Thank you for sharing the photos and memories with us. Felt like I was there with you.

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Re: Jefferson City

Postby DaveKCMO » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:29 am

That Benton mural is really something.

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Re: Jefferson City

Postby Roanoker » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:47 am

As I looked through your photos, I would think, "I need to comment on that beautiful one," and then I'd come across another and another. All I can say now is that all of them are wonderful. Excellent. Thank you so much for taking the time to upload and post them. I bet you enjoy looking at your pictures as much as seeing the subjects in person.

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Re: Jefferson City

Postby grovester » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:26 am

Really impressive. Beats the hell out of Topeka!

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Re: Jefferson City

Postby empires228 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:09 am

grovester wrote:Really impressive. Beats the hell out of Topeka!


Topeka has quite a few interesting things to look at and do such as the North Topeka arts district, you can also tour the beautifully renovated state capital, they have a railroad museum in their old depot north of the river, they have several beautiful churches that can be toured in the downtown area, including one where several organ CD's have been recorded, the Topeka Presbyterian church has the only set of Tiffany stained glass windows in the state, and even Topeka High School, which is also a beautiful historic building, can be toured.

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Re: Jefferson City

Postby grovester » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:08 am

Good to know, it has been a number of years since I spent any time there.

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Re: Jefferson City

Postby auntbigdog » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:34 pm

empires228 wrote:
grovester wrote:Really impressive. Beats the hell out of Topeka!


Topeka has quite a few interesting things to look at and do such as the North Topeka arts district, you can also tour the beautifully renovated state capital, they have a railroad museum in their old depot north of the river, they have several beautiful churches that can be toured in the downtown area, including one where several organ CD's have been recorded, the Topeka Presbyterian church has the only set of Tiffany stained glass windows in the state, and even Topeka High School, which is also a beautiful historic building, can be toured.

There's also the Kick Start Saloon, which features a life-size Harley made of animal bones. It calls itself Topeka's friendliest biker bar, which makes me wonder how hostile the others are (ymmv).


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