The City of Jefferson
My travels along the Lewis and Clark Trail have taken me into the heart of several state capitals, and
In keeping with the traditions of my previous weblog, here is a picture of the Capitol building in
Inside the capitol is a history museum, planned that way from the beginning, which I thought was an excellent idea, both for the museum itself and for getting people who might not otherwise think of it to visit the building, which is filled with murals and sculptures and outstanding decorative features under the dome. But strangely, the museum said little about Lewis and Clark, even in the “early days of
Outside the capitol building is some impressive statuary, including a bronze relief depicting the signing of the
The signing of the Louisiana Purchase Agreement by the Americans, Livingston and Monroe, and their French counterpart, Marbois. (This statue made me think about books I've read about that era when men's fashions exposed their stockinged legs, and when men's legs, therefore, were judged accordingly. The wealthy even hired their footmen for their looks, height, and handsome calves.)
The statue of Jefferson, which towers thirteen feet above the visitor, looks straight down into the viewer’s face, and is one of the best examples I’ve seen of the “lordly patriarch” sort of statuary: intimidating, awe-inspiring, and designed to make one feel like a frightened child!
[All photos by K. Dahl, copyright 2005.]