Saturday, November 6, 2010

State Capitol Field Trip

I went with Jake's class to the AZ State Capitol building which was built before Arizona became a state. 
 If we had waited until after the tour, we would have had full sunlight instead of mixed shadows.  Obviously, the sun was bright, maybe too bright.  Behind the kids is the House building, and behind me was the Senate building.  Behind the original capitol is the current capitol.

 Atop the capitol building is not only a statue, it is a large weather vane.  A wind of about 7 mph or more will move it.  The dome is made of copper, I think our guide said something along the line of 1 million plus pennies would be needed to cover it.

 Jake and two of his best friends, Cameron and Rachel.

Petrified wood logs are placed outside. 

The State Seal in tile.  Well, very nearly so.  There are some small mistakes.

 We learned about the USS Arizona, which was built starting in 1912, and sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Longer than two football fields, it took 9 minutes to sink (with nearly or just over 1000 men aboard) and 4 or 5 days to burn.  900+ died

A piece of the ship.  Much of it remains as a memorial where it was sunk.  The larger pieces sticking out of the water, the guns and anything else worth salvaging were removed shortly after it was sunk.

The impressive silver service from the ship had been removed prior to it heading to Hawaii.

We went into the Senate buidling, but weren't allowed to have cameras on in there.

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