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MICHIGAN'S OLD STATE CAPITOL

SUCCUMBS TO THE FLAMES AFTER THIRTYFIVE YEARS OF SERVICE From the Lansing Republican, Dec. 19, 1882

Messrs. Piatt estimate their loss at not less than $ 10, 000. They were insured for about $10,250 in the following companies: Westchester of New York, $1,000; St. Paul, Minn., $1,000; Union of California, $1,750; Commercial Union of England, $500, Miller & Davis, agents. E. E. Merrifield had $3, 000, divided between the Niagara of New York and the Northern of London. S. W. Wright had $3,000 on the building as follows: Rhode Island Underwriters' Association of Providence, American Fire Insurance Company of Philadelphia, Fire Association of Philadelphia. $1,000 each.
Thus have the devouring flames destroyed another and perhaps the most interesting ancient landmark of the capital city. Located by act of legislature in an unbroken wilderness, in 1847, in the hope that the_very absurdity of the act establishing the capitol in such a place would bring the legislature, which had been for months quarreling over a location, to select some eligible site, the action was taken in dead earnest by the commissioners appointed to locate and construct it. They were heartily seconded by the pioneers in this section, and in the face of obstacles which most men would have deemed insuperable, they cut roads, cleaned squares, hauled lumber for finishing nearly fifty miles by team, and erected this building. The act providing for its construction was passed March 26, 1847, and was approved by William L. Greenly of Lenawee, at that time lieutenant governor and acting governor, Governor Felch having been elected U. S. senator.

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