Big Rapids in Mecosta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
On this site was located "Old Main," a landmark of Ferris Institute in its early years. From its dedication in January 1894 until its loss by fire in February 1950, "Old Main" helped create many happy memories for thousands of "Fi's." Preparation for life and for making a living, combined with the influence of compassionate teachers, gave alumni pride in the unique mission of the institution which became Ferris State College. In this building the traditional "morning exercises" were held. While the fire which destroyed "Old Main" marked the end of an era, it also heralded the re-birth of the college in new facilities but dedicated anew to the principles of the founder.
Constructed of brick from "Old Main," this monument was presented to Ferris State College June 15, 1969, by the Class of 1919 and other interested alumni and friends.
Erected 1969 by Class of 1919 and other interested alumni and friends.
Location. 43° 41.566′ N, 85° 28.676′ W. Marker is in Big Rapids, Michigan, in Mecosta County. Marker can be reached from Oak Street near Ives Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in a courtyard between the Prakken Building and the Alumni Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 Oak Street, Big Rapids MI 49307, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Helen's Garden (a few steps from this marker); Ferris Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Mecosta County Jail (approx. ¼ mile away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Downtown (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Downtown (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Downtown (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Rapids.
Also see . . . Old Main. Images of Old Main. (Submitted on August 8, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.