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James W. Young, Professional Photographer

State Capitol Buildings

The thought of photographing all 50 US state capitol buildings occurred to me
 during my first 'road' trip across the country in late 1989.  I had been asked
to be
one of the main speakers at the "Hamfest Minnesota & Computer Expo",
and for
this particular trip I had installed a new amateur radio and antenna in
 my
1979 Subaru, to stay in touch with my wife in California, as well as talk to
and visit 'ham' friends along the 5600 miles I traveled.  I specifically used
 my
amateur radio setup at night, so on my return from Minneapolis, I first went
to
Pierre, South Dakota at night.  Pierre is a small town, and I saw the state
capitol building as I passed through town, so I stopped and took some nighttime
pictures for fun.  Before arriving back in California, my trip itinerary had me
passing through Cheyenne, Wyoming and Denver, Colorado, so I took pictures
of these two additional capitol buildings, again at night.  It was this trip that
had me hooked on the idea of photographing all 50, and all at night!

For the next 21 years I have managed to photograph 49 of the 50 buildings thus
far.  I lack only Hawaii as of this writing, and have been very fortunate in this
endeavor with only one difficult state...Nebraska!  As you scroll down and through
the images below, the date of each photograph, as well as specific notes of any
relative circumstances are noted for some of each capitol building.  I drove to
each state capital in my personal car, mostly planned well in advance, and also
usually included multiple capitals visited during each trip, especially those that
were furthest from home.

Images taken prior to January, 2002, were done with film, whereas those after
that date were with digital cameras.


ALABAMA - Montgomery

Alabama
July 19, 2006

ALASKA - Juneau

Alaska
July 22, 2004

ARIZONA - Phoenix

Arizona
September 8, 1991

ARKANSAS - Little Rock

Arkansas
November 20, 2004

CALIFORNIA - Sacramento

California
July 29, 1993

COLORADO - Denver

Colorado
November 1, 1989

CONNECTICUT - Hartford

Connecticut
July 28, 2001

DELAWARE - Dover

DELAWARE
July 27, 2001

Arriving at 4 AM, I was escorted by a Dover capital police officer to this spot
to take my photograph.  They had been alerted to my impending arrival by a
local 'ham' friend who also met me.

FLORIDA - Tallahassee

<>Florida
July 20, 2006

GEORGIA - Atlanta

Georgia
July 23, 2006

HAWAII - Honolulu

Honolulu
December 28, 2010

The last capitol building photographed, finally!  That's Jupiter in the upper right.

IDAHO - Boise

Idaho
July 14, 2000

ILLINOIS - Springfield

Illinois
July 09, 2000

INDIANA - Indianapolis

Indiana
July 22, 2000

IOWA - Des Moines

Iowa
July 11, 2000

KANSAS - Topeka

Kansas
July 12, 2000

KENTUCKY - Frankfort

Kentucky
July 23, 2001

LOUISIANA - Baton Rouge

Louisiana
July 17, 2006

MAINE - Augusta

Maine
July 30, 2001

<>The lights were not on the building when we arrived, so the above exposure is
a combination of multiple 'strobe' flashes I made manually around the front of
the building, and a long time exposure from across the street in a park.

MARYLAND - Annapolis

Maryland
July 26, 2001

MASSACHUSETTS - Boston

Massachusetts
July 29, 2001

The narrow street directly in front of the building didn't afford much of a view
to photograph, so this image was taken from a park far enough away to show the
dome and general structure.  Interestingly enough, the front was undergoing some
sort of renovation.

MICHIGAN - Lansing

Michigan
August 4, 2001

MINNESOTA - St. Paul

Minnesota
August 6, 2001

MISSISSIPPI - Jackson

Mississippi
July 18, 2006

MISSOURI - Jefferson City

Missouri
July 08, 2000

MONTANA - Helena

Montana
August 15, 1993

My first attempt here in Helena, two years earlier, was unsuccessful because as
I got my camera and tripod set up, the capitol lights were turned off (10 PM).

NEBRASKA - Lincoln

Nebraska
November 15, 2004

Lincoln proved to be my most difficult capitol building to photograph!  My first
 attempt in 1989 was poor photography since the lights were not on the building.
The next three attempts were met with, 1) a driving rainstorm, 2) the entire
front of the building was behind scaffolding, and 3) dangerously close lightning
from a nighttime thunderstorm.  The image above was my 5th attempt!

NEVADA - Carson City

Nevada
July 20, 1990

NEW HAMPSHIRE - Concord

New Hampshire
July 31, 2001

NEW JERSEY - Trenton

New Jersey
July 28, 2001

NEW MEXICO - Santa Fe

New Mexico
May 07, 1994

NEW YORK - Albany

New York
August 01, 2001

NORTH CAROLINA - Raleigh

North Carolina
July 25, 2006

NORTH DAKOTA - Bismarck

North Dakota
August 17, 1993

OHIO - Columbus

OHIO
August 3, 2001

OKLAHOMA - Oklahoma City

Oklahoma
July 07, 2000

OREGON - Salem

Oregon
August 06, 1993

PENNSYLVANIA - Harrisburg

Pennsylvania
August 02, 2001

RHODE ISLAND - Providence

Rhode Island
July 29, 2001

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina
July 24, 2006

SOUTH DAKOTA - Pierre

South Dakota
October 30, 1989

This was my first nighttime image of a US state capitol building.

TENNESSEE - Nashville

Tennessee
November 19, 2004

TEXAS - Austin

Texas
May 11, 1994

UTAH - Salt Lake City

Utah
April 24, 2010

It wasn't until this year (2010) that I realized I had never taken a picture of
Utah's capitol building.  I have been to Salt Lake City on many occasions since
1974, but as I prepared this 'Capitol Building' page, I found no photograph of
of this beautiful building.  Now only Hawaii left to do!

VERMONT - Montpelier

Vermont
August 1, 2001

The only picture taken (and used) under difficult circumstances, as there was a
very thick fog in Montpelier when I arrived.  This image was heavily processed!

VIRGINIA - Richmond

Virginia
July 25, 2001

WASHINGTON - Olympia

Washington
August 12, 1993

I was here on the capital grounds talking on my amateur radio after taking the
above image, when sirens and about a dozen 'capital' police squad cars swarmed
 the area nearby, as well as checking me out.  Seems there had been some sort
of break-in attempt.  I was cleared, and not even asked to leave.
 

WASHINGTON  D. C. - United States of America

Washington D C
April 30, 2008

WEST VIRGINIA - Charleston

West Virginia
July 24, 2001

WISCONSIN - Madison

Wisconsin
July 10, 2000

WYOMING - Cheyenne

Wyoming
October 31, 1989


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