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Michigan State Agricultural College

BY PRESIDENT ABBOT

THE SITE
The executive committee of the State Agricultural Society selected for the college its present site, three and a half miles directly east of the State capitol. Michigan avenue runs from the capitol straight to the college entrance. The grounds, including a park of a hundred acres, consist of six hundred and seventy-six and a half acres of land lying on both sides of a small stream called Red Cedar River, were approved for the selection of the June 12 1855—The executive committee of the State Agricultural Society met in Detroit June 12, 1855. Those present were A. Y. Moore, president; J. C Holmes secretary; Messrs. S. M. Bartlett, Payne K. Leach, James Bayley, Justus Gage, and John Starkweather. Hon. J. C. Holmes, the secretary, delivered an address, regarding their duties, etc., including in full a paper of Prof Winchell of the university, advocating the union of the school with the university; including, also, large parts of President Hitchcock's report to the Massachusetts legislature on European schools of agriculture. Mich. Agr. 1854, pages 337 to 404. ...... June 16—On June 16, 1855, this committee reported the present site of the school (Mich. Agr. 1854, p. 404), and their selection was approved by the State board of education. " Mr Holmes was appointed to submit a plan for buildings. January 2, 1856, he presented a plan for a west wing of a college building. It is the present college hall. A main hall and an east wing were to complete the group, forming a court. Prof. Fiske was consulted regarding the arrangements of the chemical laboratory.

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