~ Concord, New Hampshire ~

New Hampshire became the first of the British North American colonies to break away from Great Britain in January 1776, and six months later was one of the original thirteen states that founded the United States of America. In June 1788, it became the ninth state to ratify the United States Constitution, bringing that document into effect. Concord became the capitol in 1814. With roughly 42,000 residents Concord is tenth smallest capitol city in the USA.

Concord City Hall

Concord Sites of Interest

New Hampshire Legislative Office Building

New Hampshire Historical Society

State Library

Capitol Complex flowers

New Hampshire's Replica Liberty Ball

Capitol Street in front of the capitol building

Memorial Arch guarding the entrance

The inscription over the arch reads: "To The Memory of Her Soldiers and Sailors the City of Concord Builds This Monument" It is dated 1892.

New Hampshire Capitol Building

Built in 1814 it is the nation's oldest State House in which the Legislature still occupies its original chambers

Senate Chambers

House Chambers

Senate Chambers from the Visitor Gallery

House Chambers from the Visitor Gallery
The Senate Chamber houses the 24-member Senate. The House Chamber houses the largest state legislative body in the United States, with 400 members. That must be about one representative for each hundred people.

The Hall of Flags features 107 battle flags for New Hampshire in two display cases representing the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. The "marble" columns in the hall are either wood or plastic. I knocked on one and found it hollow. I imagine there are steel supports inside to hold up the ceiling. The Dome and eagle are plated with gold though.

Back outside

I really like that most state capitols that I have visited have a wide assortment of flower gardens

Then there was this magnificent tree

And more flowers

New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial

This was in a nearby park. I wondered f they were trying to cultivate more granite

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