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The Central Forty and The Diag

 
 
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Photographed By Joel Seewald, April 4, 2016
1. The Central Forty and The Diag Marker
Inscription.  In 1837, the University of Michigan was relocated from Detroit to Ann Arbor where the Ann Arbor Land Company had donated forty acres of land for the site of the university. This original forty acre campus was the area of Central Campus bounded by State Street, North, South, and East University Avenues. Buildings were first placed around the perimeter of campus, facing out to the city streets, beginning with four faculty houses in 1840, and the first classroom/dormitory building in 1841. Of those, only the President's House remains. The inside of the campus was kept as an undeveloped open space. By 1850, diagonal paths emerged, created by students and faculty walking from the corners across campus. These were soon covered with boardwalks and the major path became known as the Diag. In the 1850s, many trees were planted along the walks, giving more formality to the interior of campus. As the university grew, buildings began to occupy the interior of the site, such as the first library built near the center of campus in 1883. The Diag, now referring to the central open space, was more formally developed in the twentieth century, and continues to
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Photographed By Joel Seewald, April 4, 2016
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be the heart of the campus, and a major gathering spot. Generations of students have walked this same diagonal path as have countless respected faculty, alumni, staff, and visitors.
 
Erected 2006 by History and Traditions Committee. (Marker Number 20.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
 
Location. 42° 16.602′ N, 83° 44.282′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker can be reached from South University Avenue. Marker is in the center of the University of Michigan's Central Campus in front of Hatcher Graduate Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Douglass Houghton (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Whiting (within shouting distance of this marker); Acacia (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Fox (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Denton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robert Brackett Memorial (about 300 feet away); Michigan Chapter of the Scabbard and Blade (about 300 feet away); Xi Psi Phi Fraternity (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
 
Also see . . .  The Diag. Wikipedia article
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(Submitted on October 1, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 1, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
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Feb. 9, 2023