Kansans Celebrates Statehood And Dedicates Capitol

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has formally saluted the revamped Kansas Statehouse, dedicating the building's renovation to what he called ``the glory of God and the people of the great state of Kansas.''

Brownback was joined at the Capitol Wednesday by historical re-enactors, current and former legislators and hundreds of Kansas residents to formally dedicate the updated building on the 153rd anniversary of statehood.

Brownback's remarks were followed by a 19-gun salute and the cutting of cake.

The 13-year renovation cost nearly $330 million and included new ventilation and electrical systems, replacement of the roof and dome, and construction of a visitor center. The project was financed with bonds.


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