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Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School

 
 
Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., December 2, 2015
1. Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School Marker
Inscription.
Michigan's First Capitol
At noon on September 22, 1823, citizens and dignitaries joined a Masonic procession to place the cornerstone for the capitol of the Michigan Territory on this site. The red brick building, designed by Obed Walt, had "a lofty Portico, consisting of six columns of the Ionic order" and a 140-foot tower. The Legislative Council opened its first session in the completed building on May 5, 1828. Here Michigan's leaders fought for statehood and drafted their first constitution. Though Michigan did not formally achieve statehood until January 26, 1837, it inaugurated Stevens T. Mason as its first state governor on November 3, 1835, and the building became Michigan's first state capitol.

Capitol Union School
Michigan made Lansing its capital city in 1847. The next year the Detroit School Board turned the building on this site that had served as Michigan's first capitol into classrooms. The high school, which the city started with twenty-three male students in 1858, moved to the second floor of what was by then called Capitol Union School in 1863. In 1870, the board added four rooms onto the back of the building. Part of the addition briefly housed the public library. In 1875, the front of the old capitol disappeared behind a three-story addition and
Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., December 2, 2015
2. Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School Marker
a mansard roof. The board already had plans to build Central High School on Cass Avenue when before dawn on January 27, 1893, fire consumed Capitol Union School.
 
Erected 2010 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S074.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 19.964′ N, 83° 2.966′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street and Griswold Street, on the right when traveling west on State Street. Touch for map. Located in Capitol Park. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Capitol Building in Michigan (a few steps from this marker); Finney Barn (a few steps from this marker); Detroit's Underground Railway Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodward Avenue Cultural Heritage Tour (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chicago Road (about 600 feet away); General Casimir Pulaski (about 600
Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School & Finney Barn Markers image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., December 2, 2015
3. Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School & Finney Barn Markers
Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School marker is on the left; Finney Barn marker is on the right.
feet away); War of 1812 Dead (about 700 feet away); The Iron Brigade / The Twenty-Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Categories. ArchitectureEducationPolitics
 
Model of Michigan's First Capitol image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., December 2, 2015
4. Model of Michigan's First Capitol
This scale model of Michigan's first capitol is a couple of steps east of the historical marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 16, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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