The seat of government of the state of Maine lies at its capital city of Augusta. This domed building was built in 1932 and has been used as the legislative chambers of the Maine Legislature. It also houses the offices of the Governor and his staff.
It took a little political ?lottery? before the capital of the state of Maine was decided. In 1820, when Maine achieved statehood after separating from Massachusetts, a number of towns and cities wanted to be the capital. The honor went to Augusta because of its central location, which was made official by the Congress in 1832. Like its counterparts, its dome is adorned with a statue - a female figured of ?Wisdom? made of copper and gilded with gold. The capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 24, 1973.