Mo. Celebrates Centennial of Capitol Construction
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri officials are celebrating the 100th anniversary of groundbreaking for the state Capitol.
Dirt first was turned in 1913 at a ceremony held in Jefferson City for the start of construction. The current building replaced one that burned in February 1911 after lightning struck its dome.
The cornerstone was laid in 1915, the first government offices moved into the structure in 1917 and the building was dedicated in 1924.
Gov. Jay Nixon, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard and House Speaker Tim Jones attended Monday's ceremony, praising the Capitol's design and appearance.