Colorado State Capitol Virtual Tour
These unique bronze elevator door panels symbolically portray the history of Colorado. The bison symbolizes the tranquil untamed environment before the white man appeared. The Native American teepees depict the community of Ute, Cheyenne, and other tribes that called Colorado home. The covered wagon displays the long and arduous journey of the western pioneer. The train's ability to quickly transport minerals and livestock put Denver and numerous other Colorado towns on the map. The pick and shovel crossed before a miner's pan indicate the mining industry that became the economic boom necessary for statehood and provided for fiscal growth well into the twentieth century. The cog's segmented wheel represents the industrial development that played such a dominant part in Colorado's development, and stands for the inevitability of progress within the boundaries of Colorado. The agriculture and livestock panels depict two dominate and productive industries of nineteenth Colorado.
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last modified June 20, 2003