John and I remembered that we did not tour the capital of Texas when we were last in Texas, which was almost two years ago. On my posting then I had a picture of the capitol, so I will not repeat that again here. When we arrived in the capitol building we learned that another tour was not starting very soon so we did our own self-guided tour of the building. It was built in 1888, and in some parts of the building we noticed that it is showing its age with cracked floors and worn steps. From the written information received on the capitol, we learned that it was made from Sunset Red granite, taken from the quarry we saw the other day at Marble Falls.The terrazzo floor of the capitol's rotunda has the Great Seal of Texas surrounded by the six seals of the countries whose flags have flown over the state which are: Spain, France, the Republic of Texas, Mexico, the Confederacy, and the United States of America. I doubt that there many, if any at all, other states which can claim that in their history! The chamber of the House of Representatives is the largest room in the building. Currently the 2012 Lone Star Celebration Christmas tree adorns this room. Members of the House of Representatives are encouraged to place an ornament on the tree which most uniquely is representative of their district.
His work of art titled "War Mother" is pictured below.