No hiking today, but I did take a rainy/snowy windshield tour of the northeastern part of Salt Lake City this morning. I had never seen the light atop the capitol building, but there it is…a beacon of something or other. I made this image from the paved loop of City Creek Canyon, just north and east of the Utah State Capitol.
As the name implies, both Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County government offices are housed in this beautiful building. I spent almost an hour and a half on an early Saturday morning walking around the building taking photos…a very pleasurable experience…not many people on the street, hardly anyone on the grounds…nice and cool with a pretty morning sun finally lighting the east side of the building. It is located in downtown Salt Lake City on what is referred to as Washington Square, right on State Street, across from a courthouse and down the street from the Utah State Capitol. This particular square was first used as temporary camping grounds for the newly arriving Mormon pioneers and later served as a meeting place for fairs, cattle-drives, hay-sales, and other public events.
If I remember correctly, the building was constructed over a period of three to four years back in the 1890’s and served as the state capitol for a period in the early 1900’s. This rather gothic-looking seat of government is surrounded by beautiful trees, statuary, and fountains, as well as benches and park tables that are frequent resting places for down-town folks on their lunch-hours and some of the inner-city street denizens. In addition, the 2011 Salt Lake City Gay Pride festivities were held/celebrated on the building’s grounds, an open testimony, despite the influence of the powerful Mormon church, of the city’s acceptance of our LGBT community.