Sunday, February 8, 2015

Day Three Hundred Forty-Five

Illinois - Water Tower at Night, Chicago

Sent by: prairie dog
From: Illinois, USA
Notes: I don't really remember why prairie dog sent this card to me.  It could have been a swap, or it could have been just because she's a nice person.  Either way, the card shows Chicago's famous Water Tower, one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  It was built in 1869 to house a large water pump used to draw water from Lake Michigan.  I'm sure at one time it was considered quite tall, but today it is dwarfed by the buildings surrounding it, including Water Tower Place and the John Hancock Center.

USA US-741301 received 07-02-2010

Sent by: bondp
From: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
ID number: US-741301
Notes: Construction on the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka began in 1866.  At 304 feet (93 m), the dome is taller than the dome of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.  It is one of the few capitol buildings in the U.S. that still offers tours to the top of the dome.  To get there, visitors have to climb 296 steps from the fifth floor.  The two smaller photos show the statue on top of the dome, called "Ad Astra", and the mural is called "The Settlement of Kansas". 

1 comment :

Ja Optymistyczna said...

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