Lon Megargee Paintings
Published by Arizona Capitol Museum
Lon Megarge was born in Philadelphia in 1883. He changed the spelling of his last name to Megargee and the story of his past while he made his way westward into the Arizona Territory around 1896. Arizona became the 48th state on February 14th, 1912. Megargee was commissioned by the state to paint fifteen large canvases which were installed in the State Capitol building. These paintings portray early Arizona, encompassing landscapes, natural wonders, the customs of Native Americans, historic buildings, and the life of early settlers. The "Five Cs" of Arizona's economy (cattle, citrus, climate, copper and cotton) are represented in many of these paintings. The original paintings are still displayed in the Arizona State Capitol today.
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