‘Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable’ – Thomas Jefferson
Trying to get south, we found ourselves rained delayed in Jefferson City. The rain was supposed to leave around lunchtime, so we decided to make the best of things and wander down the street to take a tour of the capital.
Like many, the building in Jefferson City is inspired by Roman architecture. I suppose this is a good thing, otherwise who knows what kind of building would have been built. Certainly North Dakota must be thinking that their capital building is a bit uninspired. We got the standard info about the state. Anyone who has lived here for more than a few hours seems to be embraced as a native and their achievements recognized. Still, there were a few notables.
In particular, there was a bust of James Smith McDonnell of McDonnell Douglas fame. This being our entry point to the south, it was a bit surprising to see someone rumored to be an occultist recognized in a capital building decorated with entirely too many references to God for a government structure, but he was indeed very influential.
After the tour we needed to get a bit of grub and check the weather. We headed down to Chim’s Thai Kitchen and found ourselves in a tiny restaurant that could have been a clone of
Mekong River Restaurant in Austin, one of our favorite places on 6th Street.
Exiting the eatery the sun was starting to peak through the clouds, the forecast was considerably improved and we made a dash to the airport for a long day of flying.