Frankfort in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Welcome to Kentucky's Capitol and Capital
The Kentucky Capitol Building
Frankfort - Kentucky's Capital City
Welcome to Kentucky's Capitol
Construction of the Capitol began in 1905. Kentucky state government has built four capitols in Frankfort. Fire destroyed the first two. The third, known today as the Old State Capitol, is open as a museum. It is on Broadway in downtown Frankfort. Although completed in 1910, the present Capitol is still sometimes known in Frankfort as the New Capitol.
The cost of the New Capitol was about two million dollars. This was considered a bargain even in the early 20th century. Much of the money came from settlements of Kentucky's claims against the federal government for expenses resulting from the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. The architect was Frank Mills Andrews. He designed the building in the beaux-arts neoclassical style. The top of the dome is about 215 feet high.
This photograph shows the grand central corridor of the Capitol. The marble interior
Kentucky governors live in the Executive Mansion next to the Capitol when they are in office. Taking up residence in 1914, Governor James McCreary was the first occupant of the house. The Petit Trianon, a small palace on the grounds at Versailles in France inspired the design. The current structure replaced an earlier house in downtown Frankfort known as the Old Governor's Mansion. The Old Mansion is the official residence of Kentucky lieutenant governors. The Executive Mansion is open for public tours between 9:00 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Welcome to Kentucky's Capital
A legislative commission chose Frankfort as Kentucky's capital city in 1792. Frankfort supporters offered several incentives. They lured state government here with cash and real estate. Frankfort also donated the use of a horse
For a century promoters of other communities tried to move state government out of Frankfort, but the general Assembly could never agree on a new location for the capital. Provisions of Kentucky's 1890 constitution and construction of the New Capitol ensured that state government would remain in Frankfort.
While your are in Frankfort, you may want to visit thee places of interest:
The State Capitol
The Executive Mansion
The Old State Capitol
The Old Governor's Mansion
The Kentucky History Center
The Kentucky Military History Museum
Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill
The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Berry Mansion at Juniper Hill
Kentucky State University
The Orlando Brown House
The Vest-Lindsey House
The Kentucky River Park
Daniel Boone's Grave at the Frankfort Cemetery
The Salato Wildlife Center
The Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives
Rebecca Ruth Candy
The Zeigler-Brockman House
Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary
Ancient Age Distillery
Labrot & Graham Distillery
Switzer Covered Bridge
The Floral Clock
Capital Gallery of Contemporary Art
For information about these and other sites, visit the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism and Convention Commission
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
Location. 38° 11.231′ N, 84° 52.752′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Louisville Road (U.S. 60) 0.3 miles north of Lafayette Drive, on the right when traveling east. Located at the Capitol scenic overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin County, 1795 (a few steps from this marker); Frankfort (a few steps from this marker); A Civil War Reprisal (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Frankfort Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emma Guy Cromwell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frankfort Chosen As Capital (approx. ¼ mile away); Frank Lloyd Wright / Rev. Jesse R. Zeigler House (approx. ¼ mile away); Kentucky's Executive Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfort.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 1, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 31, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.