Sunday, September 28, 2014

Montgomery, Alabama

and you know what is interesting about this city...yep, the State House.

This is the first peek.  The dome with the flags.

This one  is the seventh one to visit.

Montgomery became the capital in 1847 and is located on "Goat Hill."  The Dexter's had a goat farm on this location, and the building is on Dexter Street.

To our left is a statue of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, in 1861.  

This is a view of the floating staircase from the second floor. It is the most fascinating thing to me.

It is a three story spiral staircase, but the view from the first floor is the entry with all the security stuff that makes it unsightly.

Just had to show another view...hey, it is shaped in an S...I have a lot of pictures of just this staircase!!!

They think it was built by a freed slave by the name of Horace King, a bridge builder and engineer.  He also served in the Alabama legislature.

This is what you see as you enter, a statue of the first woman governor, Lurleen Wallace.

Behind her is the Fallen Heroes room.

This is looking up into the Rotunda.  A beautiful stained glass skylight dates from 1906.

There are lovely murals depicting the history of Alabama, circling beneath the dome.

This was another beautiful feature of this building.

This is just one of the murals.  It is of Jefferson Davis being sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America in 1861.

There is a total of eight murals with beautiful vibrant colors.

This is the old House Chamber. It has been restored to its original appearance.

Notice the lavender painted walls, and no desks...just wooden chairs without any cushions.

This caught my eye.  What a beautiful stove.

I meant to ask about it, but forgot.

Our tour was a self-guided tour, and the stove is not even mentioned in our literature.

The old Senate Chamber, where delegates from the seceding southern states organized the Confederate States of America in 1861.

It has been restored as well.  Notice the spitoons on the floor.

From the gallery above, you get a good look at the whole room.

Upon leaving Montgomery, we traveled back to Selma on the National Historic Trail where the march for voting rights was led by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  The march ended on the street in front of the Capitol.  It was a five day march back in 1965. There were over 300 people who participated in the event.

The famous bridge, Edmund Pettus Bridge where the march began.

Until next time...


  1. We love the Alabama area. The floating staircase is so pretty.

  2. I don't think we've visited the Alabama State House... one of the few we've not been to. But looks like the Civil War is still an issue there... We volunteered at a refuge in TN several years ago... went to an Enactment... sure a different view of what I grew up (in the "North" to believe).... but... a beautiful building!

  3. Visiting state capital buildings is not part of our travels, but we do enjoy seeing the ones you and other RVers visit. This one is really pretty.