Capitol AssetsWestward Ho, Day 47: Gallup, NM, to Santa Fe, NM
With the temperature at 7° this morning when we left Gallup, our car was understandably feeling a little sluggish. After our tires were pumped up to 35 psi (from their normal 32) at the service in Reno, we didn't have the low tire pressure indicator complaining as it had in Bozeman, but the car seemed to want to warm up a bit before taking on the freeway. That was just the excuse we needed to go search for a Gallup letterbox. By then, everyone was ready and we headed east on I-40.
After yesterday's snowfall and dicey road conditions, we were happy to find that, as we anticipated (with a little help from the NM DOT web site), the sunshine and wind yesterday afternoon had left the highway dry and clear. By the time we reached the Albuquerque area, there was little sign that it had snowed at all, and we headed north on I-25 toward Santa Fe, where our first stop was the New Mexico Capitol building, known familiarly as the Roundhouse.
|New Mexico Capitol|
|Zia sun symbol from NM flag and aerial view of Capitol (Aerial image from Google Maps)|
|Art in Capitol corridor|
|Buffalo by Holly Hughes|
|Along the fourth-floor balcony over the Rotunda, the flags of New Mexico's 33 counties are on display.|
Tomorrow we'll explore more of the city and hope to visit the original 1610 building which housed the seat of government and, after repurposing, is still in use today.
New Mexico Capitol Stats:
- Architectural style: New Mexico Territorial
- Exterior material: Stucco
- Building height: 60 ft.
- Constructed: 1964-66
- Cost: $4,676,860
- Size: 232,346 sq. ft.
- Statehood: 1912 (47th state)
More Photos from Today
|Detail of buffalo eye with plastic spoon and fishing reel|
|Plaza of Santa Fe in the 1800s by Frederico Vigil|
|Where All True Paths Meet by Carl Schuman|
|Fancy Shawl Dancer by John Nieto|