Utah Copper Mine & Capitol on Salt Lake City Tour
The neoclassical dome of the Utah State Capitol has an architectural element that has become a common symbol of democracy in the United States. The outer dome towers over 250 feet from the base of the front stairs. The shell of the dome is made of Utah’s own copper, installed in 1980, to replace the original copper covering after portions were blown off in a heavy windstorm. In the background is the Kennecott Utah Copper Mine, where 25% of America’s copper is produced.