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Number Exhibit Name Location Artwork Photo Description
85 Civil War Monument West Portico This statue of a Civil War cavalryman, dismounted with rifle in hand, honors the Colorado soldiers who fought and died in the Civil War. The statue was designed by Captain Jack Howland, a member of the First Colorado Cavalry.
87 Cannons West Portico The 1,250-pound brass cannons were manufactured by the Revere Copper Company in 1862-63 and 1864-65. No one knows for certain how the cannons arrived in Colorado. Various explanations of the cannons' origin exist.
93 Colorado Symbols and Emblems Fence Bottom of west steps to Lincoln Avenue This fence was placed at the sidewalk at the bottom of the west steps to Lincoln Avenue in 1999.
94* Cornerstone Northeast corner of Capitol Members of the Grand Masonic Lodges of Colorado dedicated and laid the inscribed granite cornerstone of the Capitol on July 4, 1890. In its rough state, the cornerstone weighed 20 tons. It required 60 mules to haul it into place.
95* Time Capsule Northeast corner of Capitol This concrete slab with inscription is imbedded in the lawn. Dedicated on August 4, 1990, the time capsule commemorates the passing of 100 years since the laying of the Capitol cornerstone.
98 Pearl Harbor Memorial East lawn This stone bench and marker were dedicated in 1983 by the Colorado Members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. The inscriptions say, "Keep America Alert" and "Remember Pearl Harbor."
99 Closing Era Statue East lawn This bronze statue of a Native American hunter examining his prey, a buffalo, is entitled "The Closing Era." The statue represents the end of the traditional lifestyle of Native Americans in Colorado.
101* Armenian Garden and Pine East lawn This garden area was planted in memory of the between 1 and 1.5 million Armenian victims of the first genocide of the 20th century, which occurred in Turkey beginning on April 24, 1915, and continuing to 1923.
101** Armenian Khachkar East Lawn This khachkar, crafted in Armenia, is a monument dedicated to the victims of genocide.  It was dedicated in 2015 on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.
103* USS Colorado Memorial East lawn Dedicated in 1997, this stone bench and marker are dedicated to the men who served aboard the USS Colorado.
104 Volunteers of the Spanish American War Flagpole Lincoln Park This flagpole is dedicated to the Colorado Volunteers of the Spanish American War of 1898. The flagpole has a red sandstone base and it flies the American and POW-MIA flags.
105 Liberty Bell Lincoln Park This full-size replica of the Liberty Bell was one of the 53 replicas cast in France in 1950 and donated to the U.S. government by "American industry and free enterprise." One went to each state, plus the District of Columbia.
106 Colorado Tribute to Veterans Monument Lincoln Park Dedicated on November 10, 1990, the Colorado Tribute to Veterans Monument is both a memorial to the dead and a tribute to veterans of the past, present, and future: World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and peace-time.
107 Joseph P. Martinez Statue Lincoln Park This bronze statue, which is 20 feet tall, honors Joseph P. Martinez, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1943 for acts of conspicuous bravery in 1943 in the Aleutian Islands, thereby becoming the first hispanic Coloradan to receive the Medal of Honor.
108 Ten Commandments Tablet Lincoln Park The origin, dedication, and permission for  placing this four-foot granite tablet inscribed with the Ten Commandments are somewhat unclear. Written records regarding the tablet seem to have been lost.
109 Sadie M. Likens Drinking Fountain Lincoln Park  Photo coming soon  Unveiled on July 7, 1923, this bronze drinking fountain with plaque commemorates Sadie M. Likens for her constant care and treatment of War veterans.  Upon her death on July 20, 1920, a group of veterans from the Grand Army of the Republic began raising funds for a monument to her.  The fountain was completed and dedicated on July 7, 1923. 
116 Memorial Pods - South Pod - Amache Camp Plaque Southeast lawn, south pod The south pod is designated for plaques recognizing persons and groups that have been influential to Colorado's heritage. The south pod contains two plaques, one commemorating former Governor Ralph Carr, and the other in remembrance of the Amache internment camp.
117 Memorial Pods-North Pod Northeast lawn, north pod  Photo coming soon  The north pod is designated as the location for plaques recognizing significant events in Colorado's history.  It houses a plaque commemorating the Colorado State Society of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The plaque was donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of their organization. 
119 Sand Creek Interpretive Plaque West Portico The controversy surrounding this Civil War Monument has become a symbol of Coloradans' struggle to understand and take responsibility for our past. This plaque was authorized by Senate Joint Resolution 99-017
98** Space Shuttle Challenger Aspen Grove East Lawn This grove of aspen trees commemorates the seven astronauts who lost their lives when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986.

 *Photo courtesy of Simon Maghakyan

 **Photo courtesy of Damion Pechota
All others courtesy of Jeff Donaldson

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