As I was perusing twitter yesterday, someone made a post stating that Eastern Michigan University started on October 5th, 1853. He also posted a picture of one of the first buildings on campus and sadly that building is no more. As I did a little digging about the subject, I found out about the building.
The first building on Eastern Michigan's campus appeared in 1853 but burned down in 1859 and would be replaced by what was known as the Old Main Building. Judging by the picture above, it was a pretty cool building and would expand as the college expanded. This building would see the Michigan State Normal School become Michigan State Normal College. This building would survive until 1948.
I'll have to admit, it is kind of cool to learn new things about my Alma Mater.
Just a side note, the black and white pictures are from the Detroit Publishing Company and are now part of the Library of Congress. The color pictures are my own.