A Guide to the Texas Capitol

The state Capitol is the state capitol building of the state of Texas, located in Austin. Founded in 1839, this building houses the chambers and offices of both the House of Representatives and the Senate of the state of Texas and houses other legislative agencies. The Capitol Building has hosted many historical events, including the state's first legislative session. Visitors to the area may also be surprised to see the remains of former politicians, including former U.S. Presidents James Madison and James Polk. The buildings have been named the official home of all elected officials in the state. It is also home to the office of the governor and the House and Senate chambers of each of the states' legislative houses. A visitor can walk through the front door into the office of every member of the state's legislative delegation. More about Austin, TX  can be seen here.


A large part of this building has historic significance. The chamber where representatives and their representatives-elect sit is one of a kind, as it is almost 100 years old. The state archives also sit on the second floor of this building, which was built in 1890 and is an original structure that was constructed to house the records of all official proceedings and conferences of state government agencies. In addition, the state capitol building is also home to the U.S. Supreme Court and sits near the state judicial center. Other offices are housed here, including the offices of the attorney general and the clerk of court. A visitor can also find the offices of the secretary of state and the comptroller of public accounts, which handle the finances of the state of Texas and are also located in the capitol. Click here to read about The Historic Governor's Mansion.

For those who want to tour the interior of this state's capital, there are a number of ways to go about it. Those who live in or near the capital city can take public transportation to get to the capitol and to the various locations. There is also the option of driving or taking a taxi, depending on the area in which the visitor lives. A number of tour companies will provide a guided tour of the state capitol, either one that takes visitors through the entire building or by a group tour. A number of websites will even provide information on how one can get to the state capitol from their home or office.