Looking Up at Real Gold on the Colorado State Capitol
On the dome of the Colorado State Capitol Building, all that glitters is real gold. As a tribute to Colorado's bygone gold rush days, the dome was plated with 24 karat gold in 1908. Over the past 100 years, that luster in the Denver skyline has cost a pretty penny to maintain. The current gilding touch-ups have a price tag of about $12 million. What's in it for Denverites? According to local lore, tiny leaves of gold come loose during storms. So is a fleck on the nearby sidewalk worth picking up? Well, it's no fool's gold.
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