Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s seven hills, was named as an early candidate for Washington’s state capitol. The original mansions housed numerous city founders during the opulent turn of the century. Visitors to the 1901 Alaska Yukon and Pacific Exposition beheld Seattle’s grandeur from atop Volunteer Park’s water tower. Today, people still enjoy the Park and the view. Capitol Hill has several business districts comprised of unique stories offering unusual and specialty items. Restaurants, coffee shops, and brew pubs feature an array of ethnic foods and drinks. Historic churches, museums, colleges, theaters and clubs add to the vibrancy. Capitol Hill is a cultural crossroads-mixing young people, senior citizens, artists and professionals. It is also the historic hub for Seattle’s LBGT and alternative communities. A new light rail station provides service to downtown Seattle and the University of Washington.