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#2 – Charleston, West Virginia

By admin | September 27, 2009

I decided to take a day off today and made the drive down I-79. The scenery was beautiful with short, choppy mountains. It is about 150 miles from the Pennsylvania border and in mid-afternoon on a Thursday there was very little traffic.

My first destination was the state capitol building. It is exit 99 off I-64 and it clearly marked as you drive south on I-79. The complex is hard to miss due to the large gold-covered dome. I parked half a block away in a metered spot and walked to the capitol building. I stopped several state workers on the way in to inquire about the building and without exception people were friendly and helpful.

There was absolutely no security to get in the building. I walked down a long marbled corridor until I reached the large marbled chamber under the dome. There are supposed to be tours running throughout the day, but a sign was posted at the desk apologizing that there were no tours that day.

I wandered around the building some until I found the House of Delegates chamber on the 3rd Floor. There was a hearing underway concerning the adoption of a uniformed sales tax, which I listened to without being bothered by anybody.

The governor’s mansion is right next door the capitol and I walked over to take some pictures. It was too late for a tour, but the grounds are pretty and you can get a nice view of the University of Charleston across the Kanawha River (pronounced ka-NAW by locals).

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