Welcome to the Iowa State Capitol! The 23-karat golden dome towering above the city is a favorite of sightseers. Four smaller domes flank the main dome. The Capitol houses the governor's offices, legislature and the old Supreme Court room.
A look at the beautiful downtown Des Moines skyline from the steps of the Iowa State Capitol.
Peek inside the Iowa State Capitol, quite possibly the midwest’s most beautiful building.
Located in the Capitol building, the State Law Library of Iowa provides Iowa lawmakers, government employees, the legal community, and the general public with a highly specialized legal collection of treatises, as well as, both state and federal statutory, regulatory, and case law. The collection also contains the abstracts and arguments of the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, legal periodicals, and materials produced by the Iowa legislature. Research assistance is available.
The Iowa House of Representatives is the lower house of the Iowa General Assembly, the upper house being the Iowa Senate. There are 100 seats in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing 100 single-member districts across the state, formed by dividing the 50 Senate districts in half. Each district has a population of approximately 30,464 as of the 2010 United States Census.
The Iowa Senate is the upper house of the Iowa General Assembly, United States. There are 50 seats in the Iowa Senate, representing 50 single-member districts across the state of Iowa with populations of approximately 60,927 per constituency, as of the 2010 United States Census.
The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country.
Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. It is the true heartbeat of the Midwest, unequaled and unduplicated.
The Butter Cow starts with a wood, metal, wire and steel mesh frame and about 600 lbs. of low moisture, pure cream Iowa butter. Once inside the 40-degree cooler, layers of butter are applied until a life-size butter cow emerges - measuring about 5-1/2-ft high and 8-ft long. Each year, much of the butter is recycled and can be reused for up to 10 years.
A real dairy cow weighs more than 1,000 pounds, but the butter version comes in at around 600 pounds. Did you know the butter cow would butter about 19,200 slices of toast and take an average person two lifetimes to consume?
Herbert Hoover served as America's 31st President from 1929 to 1933. Hoover’s reputation as a humanitarian - earned during and after World War I as he rescued millions of Europeans from starvation - faded from public consciousness when his administration proved unable to alleviate widespread joblessness, homelessness, and hunger in his own country during the early years of the Great Depression.
Before serving as America’s 31st President from 1929 to 1933, Herbert Hoover had achieved international success as a mining engineer and worldwide gratitude as “The Great Humanitarian” who fed war-torn Europe during and after World War I.
Son of a Quaker blacksmith, Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) brought to the Presidency an unparalleled reputation for public service as an engineer, administrator, and humanitarian.
When President Coolidge decided not to run for another term, Herbert Hoover was nominated as the Republican candidate in 1928. He ran against New York governor Alfred E. Smith and won in a landslide. During Hoover’s campaign, he famously said, “We in America today are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever before in the history of any land,” but less than a year later the stock market crash of 1929 struck, and the worst economic downturn in American history was upon Hoover’s administration.
Beginning in December 1940, Hoover resided in Suite 31-A of New York's Waldorf Towers, a Park Avenue landmark. Here, Hoover conducted one of the longest and, arguably, the most productive post-presidency in U.S. history. At the age of 86, for example, Hoover traveled 14,000 miles, delivered 20 speeches, and accepted the latest of his 468 awards and citations. As he put it, "There is no joy to be had from retirement, except in some kind of productive work. Otherwise you degenerate into talking to everybody about your pains and pills. The point is not to retire from work or you will shrivel up into a nuisance to all mankind."
"Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa."
A place of fertile soil, traditional values and simple pleasure. And in Dyersville, Iowa, at the century-old Lansing family farm with its quaint, and oh so recognizable house, baseball still ranks as a favorite pastime for all ages. What better place to carve a baseball diamond from a corn field and to make a movie about pursuing one’s dream, no matter how much effort it takes?
Field of Dreams, released in 1989, is a movie that has inspired millions and became an Academy Award nominee for “Best Picture of the Year.” Welcome to this home, this farm, this baseball field, this little piece of heaven on earth. Welcome to this place where reality mixes with fantasy and dreams can come true.
This is the corner of fantasy and reality from the 1989 movie Field of Dreams.
Kauffman Stadium, often called "The K", is a baseball park located in Kansas City, Missouri, that is home to the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball.
The Royals Hall of Fame is part of Kauffman Stadium's Outfield Experience located inside Gate A on the west side of the ballpark. The complex houses exhibits that highlight the rich history of Kansas City Royals baseball.
George Brett's bat and ball from his 3,000th career hit.
A complete collection of the bobbleheads given to fans over the years at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City’s Union Station is the second-largest working train station in the country. This fully-restored, 1914 landmark is home to Science City, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre, and many other educational and engaging attractions. The Station also hosts world-class, educational, traveling exhibitions, such as Dinosaurs Revealed, the Art of the Brick, and Pompeii the Exhibition.
One of the most striking features of downtown Kansas City, MO, is the facade of the parking garage for the Central Branch of the public library. Covered in signboard mylar, the garage appears to be a row of books lined up on a shelf except in this case the “books” are 25 feet high and nine feet wide.
The original Joe's Kansas City BBQ, born out of a gas station in Kansas City and world-famous for its ribs, Z-man, brisket, & more!
In Kansas City, where barbecue is a way of life, it is understood that smoke has mystical properties. Smoke has the power to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. It can transform the least desirable cuts of meat into the most delectable. It can even transform a neighborhood corner gas station into one of the most popular restaurants on the planet.
The story of Brown v. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools, is one of hope and courage. When the people agreed to be plaintiffs in the case, they never knew they would change history. The people who make up this story were ordinary people. They were teachers, secretaries, welders, ministers and students who simply wanted to be treated equally.
The Kansas State Capitol, known also as the Kansas Statehouse, is the building housing the executive and legislative branches of government for the U.S. state of Kansas.
Kansas State Capitol - Dome Tours
This spectacular tour is breathtaking — literally — with 296 steps and no elevator. The elaborate architecture is highlighted with close up views of the inner and outer domes. The summit offers a unique perspective of the city of Topeka. Participants who reach the cupola earn bragging rights. Souvenir merchandise is available in the Capitol Store on ground level.
The Kansas Senate is the upper house of the Kansas Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Kansas. It is composed of 40 senators representing an equal number of districts, each with a population of at least 60,000 inhabitants. Members of the Senate are elected to a four-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a senator may serve.
The Kansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the legislature of the U.S. state of Kansas. Composed of 125 state representatives from districts with roughly equal populations of at least 19,000, its members are responsible for crafting and voting on legislation, helping to create a state budget, and legislative oversight over state agencies.
Representatives are elected to a two-year term. The Kansas House of Representatives does not have term limits.
Two of the greatest locomotives ever to power Union Pacific Railroad sit at the southwest point of the Lauritzen Gardens property, highly visible to passersby on Interstate 80 and welcoming motorists to Nebraska. On grand display are Centennial No. 6900 - the largest and most powerful diesel-electric locomotive ever built - and Big Boy No. 4023 - the world's largest steam locomotive.
A family reunion in the summer of 1987 produced what has become America's best-known quirky Stonehenge: "Carhenge." It was built in a farm field north of Alliance, Nebraska, under the supervision of farmer (and engineer) Jim Reinders, who meant it as a memorial to his dad.
What makes Carhenge special is that it's made of cars, 38 of them, rescued from nearby farms and dumps. Reinders noticed that the monolithic dimensions of cars from the 1950s and '60s nearly equaled the stones at Stonehenge, and he built his monument with a 96-foot diameter to match the proportions of the original.
Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities you’d expect in a modern metropolis. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” it’s rich in cowboy culture as well. From family fun to romantic retreats to outdoor adventures you won’t find anywhere else, Oklahoma City has plenty of hustle without all the hassle.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents a variety of special exhibitions throughout the year.
In 2002, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art inaugurated its new home in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center with an exhibition of glass and drawings by Dale Chihuly. Bolstered by enormous public support, the Museum purchased the exhibition, which included works from Chihuly’s best-known series and was anchored by the 55-foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the Museum’s atrium.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a memorial in the United States that honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.
The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a place of quiet reflection. Designed by Butzer Design Partnership, this Memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever on April 19, 1995. It encompasses the now-sacred soil where the Murrah Building once stood, as well as the surrounding area devastated during the attack.
The architecture is Greco-Roman and the structure comprises 650 rooms and 11 acres of floor space with murals, restored stained glass, tribal flag plaza and changing art exhibits. The current site was chosen in 1915 and construction was completed in 1917.
The Oklahoma State Capitol is the only capitol in the world surrounded by working oil wells. One is even named Petunia #1, because it was drilled in the middle of a flower bed.
Construction of a dome was completed in 2002, a feature that was included with the original design plans of the building but never completed.
In addition to seeing thousands of amazing animals from around the world at the Oklahoma City Zoo, guests also have the chance to feed some of them – including our giraffes!
Giraffes are what we call browsers; that means they eat leaves, bark, and green stems from plants. They spend up to 75 percent of their day browsing! Right by the giraffe exhibit we have a feeding platform where guests have the opportunity to meet our giraffes and feed them browse, the term for twigs and young shoots of vegetation.
There you’ll meet Ellie, our 16-year-old Reticulated giraffe, and her offspring, Julu. Ellie enjoys all types of food but can be particular about texture. Our youngest giraffe, Julu, is 15 months old and is among our most particular eaters. She prefers mulberry and elm. At the ages of 31 and 27, our two eldest giraffes, Ursula and Noel, don’t always make the trek to the platform but they can be seen foraging in the yard and occasionally interacting with the ostrich and gazelle.
Stockyards City was founded October 3, 1910, and was built to serve the nation as a primary source for meat processing and packing. For over 80 years, Stockyards City has continually offered the kind of quality products and services which are synonymous with the heritage of the West.