Can you name these former U.S. state capitals?

John Miller

New York City once served as the capital of which state?

New York City was the capital of New York. But in 1797, the capital was permanently moved to Albany.

Iowa City used to be the capital of which state?

Iowa City was the capital of Iowa until 1857. The old gold-domed capitol building still stands, and it's a highlight of the University of Iowa campus.

Tuscaloosa is no longer the capital of ______.

Tuscaloosa used to be the capital of Alabama. In 1846, the capital moved to Montgomery, which for a short time served as the capital of the Confederate States of America, but Abe Lincoln put a stop to all of that nonsense.

Philadelphia was once the capital of _____.

Philadelphia was established in 1682 and meant to be the capital of Pennsylvania Colony, and for a time it was even the nation's capital. In 1812, Harrisburg became the capital and has been ever since.

Savannah used to be the center of political power in _____.

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia -- it was established in 1733. In 1868, the capital was moved to Atlanta, primarily due to the city's superior rail transportation system.

Detroit was once the capital of which state?

In 1847, the capital of Michigan was moved from Detroit to Lansing. The change was implemented in part because Lansing was easier to defend from British troops based in Ontario.

San Jose used to be the capital of which gigantic state?

In 1850, when California achieved statehood, San Jose was its capital. But just four years later, Sacramento took the reins.

New Orleans was once the capital of which state?

In 1825, New Orleans lost its status as the capital of Louisiana to Donaldsonville, which then lost the title to Baton Rouge in 1846. But New Orleans will always be party central.

A town called Augusta used to be the capital of ______.

For 10 years, from 1785 to 1795, Augusta was the hub of Georgia. Now the town might be best known as the home of the Masters golf tournament.

At one time, Murfreesboro was the capital of ______.

In the early days, Knoxville was the capital of Tennesse, but it wasn't situated in a good location for new settlers. So Murfreesboro took over in 1818 but only lasted for eight years. Then, the capital moved to Nashville.

Natchez used to be the capital of which Southern state?

Natchez is located right on the banks of the Mississippi River in the state of the same name. Jackson took over capital city duties all the way back in 1822.

Guthrie was the first capital of which conservative state?

In 1907, Guthrie was named the capital of Oklahoma. The love affair didn't last long. In 1910, voters chose to move the capital to Oklahoma City, because it was bigger.

Virginia City was once the capital of which Western state?

In 1865, Virginia City became the capital of Montana. About 10 years later, the capital was permanently moved to Helena.

Portland was once the capital of which East Coast state?

We're not talking Oregon. Portland used to be the capital of Maine, but only for about seven years, and then the capital was moved to Augusta.

Poughkeepsie is the former capital of which East Coast state?

After the American Revolution, Poughkeepsie was the capital of New York. In 1797, the capital shifted to Albany, where it's been ever since.

Charleston is the former capital of which Southern state?

Charleston is a charming South Carolina city, but in 1786, state legislators voted to move the capital to a more centrally-located area. Now, the capital is Columbia.

Kingston was the first capital of which Eastern state?

In 1777, Kingston was named the first capital of New York. It was chosen because the British had a grip on New York City and Albany at the time, meaning those cities definitely weren't options.

Zanesville was the second capital city of ______.

Zanesville was Ohio's capital for just two years, way back in 1810 to 1812. The state's capital is now the bustling city of Columbus.

Windsor was once the capital of which state?

Windsor, "The Birthplace of Vermont," was the state capital until 1805. Now that title goes to Montpelier.

Vallejo has served not once, but twice, as the capital of _____.

Poor Vallejo just couldn't hold on to the title of capital. For two very short periods in the 1850s, it was the capital of California, but things just didn't work out.

Wheeling was the first state capital of which eastern state?

Wheeling had a great spot as a transportation hub in West Virginia. But in 1865, the capital moved to Charleston.

Shreveport was once the capital of which swampy state?

Shreveport was the capital of Louisiana, but only from 1863 to 1865, when the capital was moved repeatedly due to the turmoil of the Civil War.

St. Charles used to be the capital of which Midwestern state?

St. Charles had just a short run as the capital of Missouri. The town served as capital from 1821 to 1826.

Washington was once the capital of which state?

Washington was the capital of Arkansas until 1865. But railroad construction made Little Rock a much more attractive location.

After the American Revolution, New Bern became the capital of ____.

Once the dust from the Revolution settled, North Carolina needed a state capital -- that turned out to be New Bern. Later the capital was moved to Raleigh.

Long ago, Newport served as the capital for which state?

Newport used to be the capital of Rhode Island, largely because it was a tremendously vital port. Now the capital is Providence, which was established in 1636, making it one of the oldest communities in the entire country.

For 14 years, Exeter was the capital of ______.

During the tumult of the 1770s, Exeter became the capitol of New Hampshire. Now, the honor belongs to Concord.

Corydon was once the capital of which Midwestern state?

Corydon served as the capital of Indiana for about a decade. Then, in 1825, legislators moved the capital to Indianapolis.

Galveston was once the capital of which huge state?

During the Texas Revolution, Galveston was the area's capital. Once the Republic of Texas was created, Austin took over and became the capital in 1839.

Chillicothe used to be the capital of _____.

Chillicothe was the capital of Ohio until 1816. Now the capital is in Columbus, which is home to Ohio State University.

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All 50 states have capital cities, where legislators gather to do important official government business. But capital cities sometimes change. Can you match these former capitals with the states they used to lead?

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