A ranking of the Top-10 State Capital Buildings is out. Iowa is on it...South Dakota and Minnesota, not so much. What's the deal?

The folks at attractionsofamerica.com put out their ranking of “Top 10 Most Beautiful State Capitol Buildings in the USA”.

The capital building is a representation of the history and pride of a state.

Iowa State Capital-Getty Thinkstock
Iowa State Capital-Getty Thinkstock
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So states have invested a lot to design and preserve the structures in their capital cities.

In this recent ranking of the best of the best state capital buildings, Iowa came in #3.

South Dakota's capital building in Pierre and Minnesota's capital building in St. Paul didn't even make the list.

South Dakota State Capital-Getty Thinkstock
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So what makes Iowa's State Capitol building so much better than South Dakota's?

Iowa's State Capitol was built between 1871 and 1886. Sure, it is an impressive 1.4 million gross square foot building with a large 275-foot high golden dome made of 100 ounces of 23-karat gold leaf.

Iowa State Capital-Getty Thinkstock
Iowa State Capital-Getty Thinkstock
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 South Dakota's State Capitol Building was constructed between 1905 and 1910 and is a more modest 114,000-square-foot structure constructed of fieldstone, limestone, and marble.

South Dakota State Capitol-Getty Thinkstock
South Dakota State Capitol-Getty Thinkstock
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OK...so all that means is South Dakota just didn't feel like being too showy. We are a modest people.

But hey...how many faces does Iowa have carved into any of its mountains? That's right...none.

Oh...and we have Jackalopes in South Dakota too!

South Dakota Jackalop-Getty Thinkstock
South Dakota Jackalop-Getty Thinkstock
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Here is the full ranking of “Top 10 Most Beautiful State Capitol Buildings in the USA”.

  1. Massachusetts State House, Boston
  2. Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison
  3. Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines
  4. Texas State Capitol, Austin
  5. Illinois State Capitol, Springfield
  6. Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford
  7. Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City
  8. Virginia State Capitol, Richmond
  9. New York State Capitol, Albany
  10. Washington State Capitol, Olympia

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