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<p>Madison was named the state’s capital city when Wisconsin Territory’s first legislature met in Belmont in 1836. The following spring, a construction crew began work on what would be original capitol building in Madison, explained Wisconsin Historical Society director of programs and outreach Michael Edmonds in a Sep. 19, 2017 presentation at the <a href=”https://historicalmuseum.wisconsinhistory.org/” target=”_blank”>Wisconsin Historical Museum</a>. The talk, which was recorded for <a href=”https://wpt.org/University-Place/stories-capitol-building-monument” target=”_blank”>Wisconsin Public Television’s <em>University Place</em></a>, explored the history behind the Badger State’s current capitol building and those that <a href=”https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS1742″ target=”_blank”>previously stood in its place</a>.</p>
<p>The first capitol building in Madison began construction in 1837, with the resulting structure lasting only two decades. The building, Edmonds noted, was not much to be proud of. When heated, its floorboards shrank enough to run a hand between them. In the winter, the building often grew so cold…