A very familiar state capitol

Trip Start May 06, 2010
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Trip End Oct 14, 2010


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

I went to the Montana State Capitol Building.  As I expected, it looked very familiar.  The South Dakota Capitol Building, which I visited previously on this trip, is a copy of this building.  They chose different materials and color schemes and they've both added additions but in different places but the similarities of the buildings are still immediately obvious.  I was surprised that they both chose to use the Scagliola technique of making imitation marble in their Rotundas.  Montana originally had tile floors, unlike the terrazzo floors in South Dakota, but during a renovation they put also put down terrazzo.  During the restoration in 2000 they took out the terrazzo and went back to the original tile.  In most capitols the two houses are in different wings.  In Montana's they're next to each other in one of the additions.

After visiting the capitol I went across the street to Montana's Museum run by the Montana Historical Society.  I was just going to run through quickly since I didn't have much time.  Unlike all the other state history museums I've been to, this one was not free.  I wasn't going to pay $5 to just rush through so I left and headed for Missoula.

I stopped in Missoula to visit a friend of mine who is well known among mushroomers although that's a pretty small group so you can't say he's well known.  I spend some time catching up with him and then headed for Kalispel, which is near Glacier National Park, my destination for the next couple days.
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