After completing my road trip through the states of the Northeast, I have now visited all 48 state capitols in the continental United States. Concord was one of the last capital cities that I visited. After New Hampshire, only Maine and Vermont followed.
The size of the state's House of Representatives surprised me. There are 400 house representatives in this relatively small state. The population of New Hampshire is just over 1.3 million. So, each legislator represents just 3,300 residents. This makes New Hampshire the most represented state in the country--and possibly the world. As a perspective, each legislator in California represents 465,000 residents.
Representatives Hall is also the oldest chamber in the United States still in continuous legislative use. The House of Representatives has met in this chamber since 1819.
It was somewhat uncomfortable shooting this interior on a hot summer afternoon as the chamber does not have air conditioning!
The staff at the New Hampshire State House treated me well. When I first came across this chamber, I saw signs outside indicating that visitors are not permitted to step inside the room. The chamber was also dark--except for the harsh sunlight streaming through the windows. After I explained that I had just three state capitols left on my list to photograph, I was allowed to enter Representatives Hall. The employee was unable to turn the lights on, however, as the switches were inside of a locked box. So, he called maintenance and someone came by to adjust the lighting to my preference. They also lowered the blinds for all of the windows to reduce the dynamic range of exposure within the room. I wish all of the state capitols were so accommodating!