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About This GigaPanToggle
- Taken by
- Explore score
- 1.20 Gigapixels
- Date added
- November 16, 2007
- Date taken
- November 15, 2007
Harrisburg prevailed in achieving State Capital status in 1810 partially due to the donation to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by John Harris, Jr., in 1785, of four acres of the oldest portion of what would become Capitol Park, when the plan for Harrisburg was laid out that year. Over time, the Park was expanded northward to join lands where both the old and present Capitol buildings would rest. The Park was the site of the town’s original armory, removed in 1873, around which Union Troops were encamped during the Civil War when General Robert E. Lee’s army threatened the invasion of Harrisburg. In front of the Ryan Legislative Office Building stands the equestrian statue of Union Major General John F. Hartranft, Civil War hero and later Governor of Pennsylvania. The 105 foot-tall Mexican War Monument (center right in background) was erected in 1868 to honor those Pennsylvanians who died in the Mexican War (1846-48).
Panorama by Jeb Stuart / Jackson Lattimore