IOWA'S STATE CAPITAL has been on the move for years. After the Louisiana Purchase the territorial government was established at Burlington but relocated to Iowa City in 1841 for its more central territorial location. The city was designed and impressive Capitol building built on the bluff overlooking the Iowa River. When Iowa was admitted as the 29th state, Iowa City was declared the state capital and the government convened in the Capitol Building. But in 1857 the seat of government moved again another 100 miles west to Des Moines, yet a more central location for the new state -- where it remains to this day. However, Iowa City kept its name and the majestic state Capitol Building.

 

Iowa's Old Capitol building

Iowa's Old Capitol building

The Old Capitol became a legacy as the University of Iowa's first permanent campus building. Over time the building has served as the administrative center, law school, library, museum, dormitory, and even a gymnasium. The Greek inspired structure with its golden dome became the heart of the campus and Abraham Lincoln was eulogized on its steps on April 19, 1865. So it's no wonder the Old Capitol has been designated a National Historic Landmark. How many universities can boast having a former state capitol building on campus?

 

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