Built in 1888, the Texas State Capitol is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most distinguished
state capitols and is the largest in gross square footage of all state capitols. The Texas State
Capitol is second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C. and is 15 feet taller
than the national Capitol. The pink granite of the exterior walls was quaried only fifty miles from
the site in the Oak Hill area of Austin by state convicts and that is the reason part of that area
came to be known as Convict Hill.