Skip to comments.Fun facts about state capitals
Posted on 07/04/2018 6:20:16 AM PDT by Peter ODonnell
So apparently today is some sort of day off work, for me every day is a day off work (age = 69) and I wanted to boost the idea of the fundraiser (give until it hurts if you enjoy this thread) so here goes nothing ...
See if you know the answers to these three questions, and I will post the right answers at 0800h PDT or about two hours from now.
(1) How many of the 50 (not 57, Barack) state capitals happen to be also the largest city in their state? BONUS: which one comes closest without being the largest in percentage terms?
(2) How many of the 50 state capitols look roughly like the federal Capitol Building (dome essential) and what's the second most popular architectural type?
(3) Simpsons question -- which state capital is closest to the Springfield in its state, and is there one closer to any Springfield in any state?
Go for it !! Answers at 0800h PDT (1100h EDT, 1000h CDT or 0900h MDT).
1) One, Hawaii.
2) Half, cathedral #2.
3) Illinois; Delaware.
The Lone Star State! Texas has one of the tallest state capitols and taller than the US. It is also larger than any other state capitol.
The pink granite used to build it was mined near me. Sadly, the huge mountain of granite that was supposed to last for hundreds of years has now disappeared with everyone having to have stone kitchen counters only to smash them up a few years later to install new ones.
The Goddess of Liberty raising a lone star stands atop the Capitol dome. Visitors used to be able to go up into the dome, but like most everything now days, you can't now.
Visitors can carry in the Capitol.
The state flower is the Yellow Rose of Texas named for the prostitute who delayed Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto and helped the Texicans win their independence from Mexico. A painting of the surrender to Sam Houston by William H. Huddle, "The Surrender of Santa Anna," with our great great grandpa, hangs in the rotunda.
The governor can look out the windows and wave at East Austin where illegals live.
Hartford CT is 20 miles from Springfield MA
Not sure wat that means
Probably not all of them but 1.
Salt Lake City
At one point post Katrina, Baton Rouge. I don’t know if that’s still the case.
2. Phallic tower (Louisiana, Texas, one of those middle of nowhere states.) Note - while Oklahoma now has a dome, that’s a fairly recent addition to a much older building. Building was built in World War I, the dome was added in 2002; the dome has significant structural issues.
3. I’m not sure I even understand the question. Some yankee states? Hartford Connecticut - Springfield Mass?
Oops. In Texas, the tower is on the university campus, not the state capitol. They filmed the movie about the Texas tower shooter at the Louisiana state capitol building. Capitol itself is a traditional dome.
Louisiana is the tallest; Illinois is the tallest dome. Colorado might be the highest. And as to minerals, Georgia is gilded with gold mined in the state (although they had to replace it after Jimmy Carter paid for his presidential run).
Might not be quite on time with the answers, about halfway through my check, nobody very close yet on (1).
ARIZONA: State Capital: Phoenix Largest City: Phoenix
ARKANSAS: State Capital: Little Rock Largest City: Little Rock
COLORADO: State Capital: Denver Largest City: Denver
GEORGIA: State Capital: Atlanta Largest City: Atlanta
HAWAII: State Capital: Honolulu Largest City: Honolulu
IDAHO: State Capital: Boise Largest City: Boise
INDIANA: State Capital: Indianapolis Largest City: Indianapolis
IOWA: State Capital: Des Moines Largest City: Des Moines
MASSACHUSETTS: State Capital: Boston Largest City: Boston
MISSISSIPPI: State Capital: Jackson Largest City: Jackson
OHIO: State Capital: Columbus Largest City: Columbus
OKLAHOMA: State Capital: Oklahoma City Largest City: Oklahoma City
RHODE ISLAND: State Capital: Providence Largest City: Providence
SOUTH CAROLINA: State Capital: Columbia Largest City: Columbia
UTAH: tate Capital: Salt Lake City Largest City: Salt Lake City
WEST VIRGINIA: State Capital: Charleston Largest City: Charleston
WYOMING: State Capital: Cheyenne Largest City: Cheyenne
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2010 figures and 2014, 2016 population estimates
Bonus, htfd ct closest to being largest
Monthly donor here - exceed the Dollar/Day level.
Des Moines IA
Little Rock AR
Salt Lake City UT
Phooey, missed my natal state of Oklahoma - bad me & Arizona’s Phoenix!
The last state capitol that was only accessible by a dirt road is Santa Fe, New Mexico.
That movie about the tower was spectacularly bad and was 95% gun control agitprop.
Here are the answers:
1. There are 17 such state capital cities using population from the 2010 census). The biggest surprise to me was Columbus OH being quite a bit larger than Cleveland or Cincinatti or Dayton. Columbia SC is a little larger than Charleston SC and appears to be the closest qualifier although it’s similar to Charleston vs Huntingdon WV.
The full list (from east to west roughly)...
Boston MA, Providence RI, Charleston WV,
Columbus, OH, Atlanta GA, Columbia SC
Jackson MS, Indianapolis, IN, Des Moines, IA
Little Rock AR, Oklahoma City, OK, Denver CO, Cheyenne WY
Salt Lake City, UT, Phoenix AZ, Boise ID, Honolulu HI.
(bonus: according to the 2010 census, the closest second place capital city in percentage terms is Montgomery AL
(other contenders you may have considered)
AL: Montgomery 205764 .. Birmingham 212237 (97%)
TN: Nashville 601222 ... Memphis 646889 (93%)
CT: Hartford 124775 ... Bridgeport 144229 (86%)
MN: St Paul 285068 ... Minneapolis 382578 (73%)
LA: Baton Rouge 229493 ... New Orleans 343829 (66%)
NC: Raleigh about 60% of Charlotte, Bismarck ND not quite 60% of Fargo. Richmond is less than half the population of Virginia Beach and is also smaller than Norfolk VA.
(2) 41 of 50 have domes prominent enough to get a pass but maybe three others have some small dome feature so the right answer could be 41 to 44, some are quite a bit different in appearance than the U.S. capitol, for example Oregon has more of an inverted bell tower (maybe the craft beer played a role here), and Wyoming’s dome is not that prominent in comparison to the building itself, but of the nine or so that are nothing similar at all, three are what you might call skyscrapers (LA, NE, ND) and another three could be described more as temple style than capitol style.
AK a fairly ordinary small office building in appearance, think there’s a totem pole to add a bit of flair.
NM has the native longhouse look, quite distinct.
VA mega-courthouse like, looks like it belongs more in Rome perhaps. TN fairly similar.
AZ has a bit of a dome maybe, wouldn’t count it as similar to the DC Capitol at all, and just an edifice unlike the rest.
FL has both a dome and a skyscraper to cover all bases. The skyscraper is close enough to the domed portion to give a completely different appearance but without it, would count it as domed.
HI to my eye looks like an apartment building carpark, suppose it is vaguely Greek, that’s where O got his idea of a temple from perhaps.
NV has a vague dome feature but it looks more like an astronomy building on a small university campus to me.
NY has no dome, just the 18th century Amsterdam sort of style giving a hint of its age perhaps.
NC has a very hidden dome on a courthouse type building, not counted either.
OH has a different looking dome than all the rest, circular but flat topped.
These look most similar to the federal Capitol: AR, CA, ID, ME, MN, OK, PA, UT (maybe KY but the picture is rather poor quality, a silhouette so hard to say).
(3) was a trick question, Springfield IL (pop 116,250) is the state capital of I’ll Annoy.
AL, AK, AZ, CA, CT, DE, HI, IN, KS, MD, MS, MT, NC, ND, NM, OK, TX, WA, WY _ none listed (a few others that I failed to note have no Springfield either)
There is a Springfield Center NY which technically does not count either. West Springfield in Fairfax Cty VA is also not counted here.
These states have a Springfield listed in the 2018 Rand McNally road atlas, approx locations, road distance, and in distance from any state capital order:
MA _ Springfield (pop 153060) while over 100 miles west of Boston MA is about 25 miles north of Hartford CT.
TN _ Springfield (pop 16440) is 25 miles north of Nashville.
AR _ Springfield (pop 185) 35 miles north of Little Rock.
LA _ Springfield (pop 487) 35 miles east of Baton Rouge.
NE _ Springfield (pop 1529) 38 miles east of Lincoln (south of Omaha and not far from Wahoo !!!) (nuclear power plant?)
SC _ Springfield (pop 570) 40 miles southwest of Columbia.
NH _ Springfield (pop 80) 45 miles northwest of Concord.
KY _ Springfield (pop 2515) about 50 miles southwest of Frankfort and (hmm) about 50 miles south of Shelbyville KY. Wonder if they have a nuclear power station?
MI _ Springfield (pop 5860) is a suburb of Battle Creek and about 52 miles southwest of Lansing.
OH _ Springfield (pop 60608) is about 55 miles west of Columbus.
OR _ Springfield (pop 59403) is the northern suburb of Eugene and about 60 miles south of Salem.
VT _ Springfield (pop 3989) is about 85 miles south of Montpelier in southeast VT.
MN _ Springfield (pop 2152) is about 90 miles w.s.w. of St Paul.
NJ _ Springfield (pop 14425) is near Newark and about 95 miles northeast of Trenton.
FL _ Springfield (pop 8903) suburb of Panama City 120 miles from TLH.
PA _ Springfield (Township) (pop 24211) is a suburb of PHL and about 130 miles from Harrisburg. Another Springfield is a hamlet near the NY border a similar distance north.
WV _ Springfield (pop 477) is in the northeast panhandle and is about 140 miles from both Charleston and Harrisburg.
MO _ Springfield (pop 159498) is about 150 miles southwest of Jefferson City.
SD _ Springfield (pop 1989) is on the Missouri River about 170 miles southeast of Pierre, probably about the same distance to Lincoln NE.
ME _ Springfield (pop 120) is about 180 miles northeast of Augusta.
GA _ Springfield (pop 2852) about 200 miles southeast of ATL near SC border.
ID _ Springfield (pop 100) about 240 miles east of Boise.
CO _ Springfield (pop 1451) 300 miles southeast of Denver and a bit closer to Santa Fe NM.
WI _ several small Springfields all over the state
I wonder if there’s a Homer J Simpson in any of them? The total population of all of them is over half a million so that you could say 0.1% of all Americans live in Springfield somewhere or other.
disclaimer — this info is moderately accurate in general, I sort of ran out of time and frankly near the end of the Springfields, interest. D’oh.
For a long time Memphis was the largest city in Tennessee. Apparently Nashville has passed it in the last few years (depending on whose population estimates you accept).
I recently saw a post about the most common US place names. I was surprised to see Springfield was tied for second on the list at 27.
Reverse trivia question would be What is the smallest state capitol?
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