Ronald Reagan statue.

Ronald Reagan Statue

Field review by the editors.

Sacramento, California

An 8-ft. tall bronze of Ronald Reagan, grinning and ready to get down to business, stands in a place of honor: the basement rotunda of the state capitol building in Sacramento. Before his stint as America's 40th President, Reagan served as a two-term California governor, from 1967 to 1975.

The privately funded statue of the President in suit and tie was unveiled on June 22, 2015, sculpted by Douglas Van Howd. It is centered in the rotunda, next to the bill room and the cafeteria (that was closed by the Health Dept because of roaches).

Though Democrats firmly control Sacramento and the state, we wouldn't be surprised if the Reagan becomes a popular point of curiosity, as capitol visitors trickle down to the building's lower depths to circle and inspect the Republican deity.

The Reagan statue displaced a "Young Columbus" statue. That will move elsewhere, and doesn't appear to be an intentional part of California's Columbus Shunning Initiative), since directly above Reagan, in the ground floor rotunda, remains a popular carrara marble sculpture of grown-up Christopher Columbus and Spanish Queen Isabella. California legislators have a 70-year old tradition of tossing coins on Isabella's crown from the railing above when the legislative session ends.

Ronald Reagan statue.

An identical casting of RR will end up at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

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Ronald Reagan Statue

California State Capitol

Address:
1315 10th St., Sacramento, CA
Directions:
10th St. and N St. in the capitol basement.
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