From the Annals of Granite – In 1882, building commissioners Nimrod Norton and Joseph Lee dug the ceremonial first hole for the Texas Capitol. The cost of construction was financed by the sale of three million acres of public land in the Panhandle – which became the famed XIT Ranch. The Capitol was built from red granite from Marble Mountain near Marble Falls. The Nations Capitol was the model for the Renaissance Revival structure. Construction took over six years and cost approximately $3.75 million. The Capitol was the tallest building in Texas until the building of the San Jacinto Monument.