Daily Bread for Whitewater, Wisconsin: 6-1-10

Good morning,

Whitewater’s forecast calls for a day with a high of eighty-seven degrees, with thunderstorms likely tonight.

There’s a Common Council meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. The agenda is available online.

The Walworth County Genealogical Society will meet tonight at 6:30 PM, in the Community Centre, 826 E. Geneva Street, Delavan, with featured speaker Ann Wells of Crystal Lake, Illinois. She will will present a program called “Access to the Archives,” about British National Archives. Wells will explain how to search the information from the British Archives through a home computer.

The Wisconsin State Journal has a series called Secret Places, and one of the most recent entries describes the observation deck at the state capitol building:

The lantern observation deck at the top of the state Capitol dome is visible to thousands every day, but it’s also one of Wisconsin’s Secret Places. The public hasn’t been allowed here, nearly 237 feet above the ground, for seven decades. The Wisconsin State Journal was granted access after making a request to the state Department of Administration and receiving approval from J.H. Findorff & Son, which is working on the dome.

Few get these unique perspectives of State Street, East and West Washington avenues and Picnic Point, all clearly defined. The deck surrounds the exterior of the lantern, the column on top of the dome, which is also accessible. But with no air conditioning or ventilation there, taking in the view is more comfortable on a warm day from the outside deck. This spot also reveals a bird’s-eye view of Monona Terrace and, if you use your imagination, a renovated Edgewater hotel at the end of Wisconsin Avenue.

The story includes photos from the deck, and a video of the rotunda. Wisconsin’s state website also has a photo tour and virtual reality tour of the Capitol building.

View from balcony of Wisconsin State Capitol Building from

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