National Geographic : 1957 Feb
© National Geographic Society 142 Madison's "Famous Mile" Stretches Between Bascom Hill and the Granite Capitol An "inhabited forest," Madison had fewer than 100 residents when Territorial lawmakers first met here in 1838. Ice coated walls of the capitol, pigs squealed in the basement, and wild beasts roamed the grounds. This building was erected in 1906-17 . A bronze figure symbolizing "Forward," the State motto, tops the dome.