On The Road To Statehood – Celebrating 175 Years – 1841.

Over the inside front entrance of Old Capitol is this header from 1841. The cornerstone for the State House was laid on July 4, 1840. Territorial Governor Robert Lucas did the honors. Due to financial woes, construction work on the capitol building continued for several years, but enough was completed by 1842 to open the facility. The first Territorial Legislature sessions were held here beginning on December 6. 1842.

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