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The California State Capitol Building, Sacramento

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The California State Capitol is home to the government of California. The building houses the state legislature and the office of the governor. Located in Sacramento, the Neoclassical structure was completed between 1861 and 1874, and is based on the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

The immigration of thousands of "Forty-niners" in search of gold prompted California's admission as the 31st state into the Union in 1850, thus creating the need for a state capital. California did not have a permanent seat of government until 1860. Cities vied for the opportunity to house the state capital for the power, prestige, and economic benefit that accompanied it. Four capitol buildings existed in other cities before Sacramento became the permanent site.

The image above was captured August 1, 2012, about half an hour after the rise of the full moon. Two blog entries in less than a week? These are tell tale signs that I have finally got around to updating my website some 11 months after it was completed for me. It takes hours and hours of time to figure out how to use each page, add and subtract images/text and in general become familiar with how to find and use all the various available features. Like anything else in life, it all seems so easy once you know what you are doing!

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