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Capitol love

Gazette staff February 15th, 2012

You might look at the state Capitol and see falling limestone, grimy walls and corridors faintly pungent with the smell of ancient (and soon-to-beno-more) cigarette smoke. But one man’s rat warren is another man’s treasure.

In the book “Fifty State Capitols: The Architecture of Representative Government,” author Jim Stembridge touts our own state Capitol as one of the 10 best in the U.S. for tourists. He praises the Oklahoma Capitol’s working oil well, dome and murals of historic Oklahomans.

Shhh! No one let it slip that those oil derricks on the grounds at N.W. 23rd Street and Lincoln Boulevard haven’t been operational for years.

Others in the top 10 — just in case you’re planning the most painful road trip imaginable — include Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

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