You probably thought when you clicked on this that I was talking about the Chick-Fil-A building but actually there’s a more important building in Idaho with a lot of history behind it. So drop everything you’re doing & let’s learn a couple things about what is probably the most important building in all of Idaho, The Idaho State Capitol building!
The number 208 is known by every Idahoan because of our phone numbers, but that number has an interesting meaning with the Capitol. From the first floor to the Eagle at the top of the building, it rises exactly 208 feet. Pretty cool right?
The Idaho State Capitol is basically a hot spring. Idaho has the only Capitol building in all of The United States that is heated by geothermal water. The warm water is tapped from a source that is 3,000 feet underground. Next time you visit the Idaho State Capitol building don’t forget to take your swimsuit!
One of the first things you notice once you enter the building is the amount of marble that surrounds you. The interior’s marble comes from 4 different locations. The red comes from Georgia, the gray from Alaska, the green from Vermont, & the black came across the seas from a family of artisans in Italy.
Most of us have hiked Table Rock & know that there’s a beautiful view of Boise & the capitol building, but did you know that most of the superstructure of the capitol building was taken from sandstone found on Table Rock. Not only that, but it was the convicts from the Old Idaho State Penitentiary that transported all that sandstone.
You can thank me later for all this new information that you’ll be able to bring up to all of your family during your Christmas dinner. Merry Christmas, Idaho.