A Morning at the Capitol ~


Dear and I took a little road trip on Saturday to the state capitol in Olympia, Washington. This was our first visit. We have driven by and seen the capitol just off I-5 on our way to California so many times over the last 20 years. It was good to finally get to see it up close.


The Dome and the Cupola.




The Temple of Justice.

The Temple of Justice was completed in 1920, the first building completed of the Capitol Complex.


Winged Victory Monument

In 1938, the monument was dedicated to the memory of World War I veterans.


Winged Victory includes a twelve-foot tall figure of a winged woman known as Nike, Greek goddess of victory, standing behind four life-sized figures of a soldier, a marine, a sailor, and a red-cross nurse. All of the figures are forward-moving and face a distant horizon. “Victory” or “Nike” stands with her wings outspread and her right hand, grasping an olive branch, extended protectively over the servicemen. She embodies strength, justice, and heavenly sanction for their human mission.


In this angle you can see the nurse.


Medal of Honor Memorial


The Medal of Honor Monument
This monument was dedicated on Nov. 7, 1976, to honor those Washington citizens who have received the nation’s highest military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor. The 11½-foot tall granite obelisk is affixed with the Seal of the State of Washington and is inscribed with the names of those Washington citizens who were bestowed this supreme honor. The monument is a full scale replica of the national Medal of Honor monument that is in the Medal of Honor Grove in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.


The Governor’s Mansion

We visited too early in the morning for the indoor tour of the Capitol. The next time we go we’ll plan on the tour.

We really enjoyed our nice weather on the weekend. Tuesday night we are going to enjoy a meal with our kids. Our daughter Katie leaves on Wednesday for a trip to see her Marine in North Carolina since he will have a few days off and there are some family events planned on base. Hope your week is going well.

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

13 thoughts on “A Morning at the Capitol ~

  1. I visited the capitol years and years ago on my way down I-5. It’s a nice thing to do. I don’t know if it’s still there; but they had a great conservatory back then. Isn’t it funny how we overlook great things to do right in our own backyard?

  2. Looks very spring-like there, Ellen! I’ll take some of that… we’re still well more than ankle-deep in snow over here. ;o) Your capitol building actually reminds me a lot of the capitol building in Pennsylvania, where I’m from, that one located in Harrisburg. That Winged Victory Monument tugs at the heart… Thanks for the fun outing. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

  3. Great post, Ellen. I enjoy learning about the different statues and monuments. You guys have a grand Capitol building. I would love to peek in the Governor’s Mansion too. Are parts of it open to the public?

  4. Hi Ellen B.,
    Looks like a fun trip and a beautiful day. I was just thinking that I’d like to see Cal’s capitol sometime this year. Never been.

    Thanks for the scripture. I looked it up and posted it in my comments ;-).
    I hope you have a great day.

    xoxo cori g.

  5. It was nice to see pics from my town. I’ve lived here for 30 years and have been to the Capitol many times.
    In answer to Kathy B, the governess lives in the mansion.
    If you come through again, come to Bella Jean Boutique. You’ll enjoy it.

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