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On this day in Texas history…


Ground broken for new Capitol

February 1st, 1882

https://www.tshaonline.org/images/handbook/entries/Aerial View of the Capitol of Texas in Austin
Image taken at random from the related Handbook of Texas entry, Capitol

On this date in 1882, building commissioners Nimrod Norton and Joseph Lee turned the first shovelful of dirt for the present Texas Capitol. Construction was financed by the sale of three million acres of public land in the Panhandle, under the auspices of the XIT Ranch. The main building material is red granite from Granite Mountain, west of Austin. The Renaissance Revival structure, for which the Capitol in Washington was the model, was dedicated in 1888. The total cost was $3.75 million. The cost of restoration in the 1990s was $200 million.

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