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Old 07-10-2007, 09:57 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Cheyenne, Wyo is in the SE corner of the state. Casper would have been a better choice, as it's in the center of the state, and a fairly good-sized place (for Wyoming).
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Old 07-11-2007, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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Take for example the State of Florida's capitol is Tallahassee which is not even close to being the largest city in Florida in size and population.Its not even centrally located at that.
It's just the way it is.
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:07 AM
 
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I don't see the mystery here. The Capitols were designated a long time ago and many major thing have happened since then. Commerce along the rivers, the industrial revolution, other newer industries, spin off's from colleges, etc etc.
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:12 AM
 
Location: The Bronx
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It does give the State boys an opportunity to build a bunch of new buildings...rich pickings for their political contributors and other cronies.
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:49 AM
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It seems popular in many midwestern states to locate the state cap and the major university in the same town: Columbus, O; Madison, WI; Lincoln, Neb and probably a few more. Who knows what the thinking was?

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Old 07-12-2007, 02:09 PM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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In certain cases the capitol was located in the middle of the state making it easier to travel to by horse. In the case of MO & IL another reason the capitol was not put in STL or CHI is because they wanted to curb the influence of the big city political bosses.
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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It seems popular in many midwestern states to locate the state cap and the major university in the same town: Columbus, O; Madison, WI; Lincoln, Neb and probably a few more. Who knows what the thinking was?
In Ohio, the plan was to concentrate all the drunken idiots (politicians and rioting state college kids) in the same place.

In Indiana, the plan was to concentrate all the people somewhere, in order to build up a city larger than Muncie, to give people an excuse to move to Indiana. "Honey, Indy is a real city ... let's move there instead of Des Moines!"

In Michigan ... Lansing is said to be the only state capital not to be the county seat as well. The seat of Ingham County is my least favorite town in all of mid-Michigan (Mason).
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Old 07-14-2007, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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"Why Are Most Of The State Capitols Not In The Largest City?"
1 word.
Politics.
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland area
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Indianapolis is.

I think state capitals are usually not in the largest city because 100 years ago, they were probably trying to develop the interior of states. For example, Detroit used to be the capital of Michigan, but it was moved to Lansing back in the 1820s (I think) to develop more of the land and to keep the area from becoming overcrowded.
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:46 PM
 
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Cheyenne, Wyo is in the SE corner of the state. Casper would have been a better choice, as it's in the center of the state, and a fairly good-sized place (for Wyoming).
Cheyenne is the largest city in Wyoming. I believe Casper was the capitol in the early days when it was a territory before statehood. Casper was the largest city 30 years ago but due to the a region oil bust, Cheyenee past it by.
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